Mayor urged to advocate turf

The Turfgrass Growers' Association (TGA) is urging London mayor Boris Johnson to recognise turf in lessening the effects of climate change.

Following publication of Johnson's draft Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the TGA is stressing the benefits of turf in mitigating the effects of flooding, extreme temperatures and drought.

The TGA highlights turf's ability to reduce rainwater run-off and subsequent surface flooding, to absorb rainwater and replenish underground aquifers, and to cool the urban environment in hot weather.

It also voiced support for Johnson's proposal to lead an "urban greening programme".

TGA chief executive Tim Mudge said: "It is important that the lead for this vision comes from the top."


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