Turf firm praises Olympic chiefs

Olympics organisers earn plaudits from wild flower turf supplier for high-quality eco credentials.

Wildflower Turf, which supplied 10,000sq m of grass for several Olympic Park venues and for the opening ceremony, has praised the eco-credentials of the client.

The Hampshire based company supplied turf for several contractors including the Landscape Group, Frosts Landscapes, Gavin Jones and Filmscapes. Teams laid wild flower grass in areas of the village and Green Park, which hosted eventing.

Managing director James Hewetson-Brown said bespoke wild flower turf mixes were designed to help the buildings in the athletes' village meet sustainability yardsticks such as BREEAM and the Code of Sustainable Homes. Turf varied from shade-tolerant and woodland wild flower mixes to species-rich turf for the set of the opening ceremony.

His company delivered a wild flower lawn for the athletes' standing area and grass for the tor, animal pastures and cricket pitch in 2x2m sections for easy removal during the ceremony.

"At every stage the client has been amazingly conscious about biodiversity, the environment and ecological benefits," he said of his annual and perennial wild flower turfs that sprouted bird's foot trefoil and wild red clover. "The build up to the ceremony was great but pressured because of the dreadful weather," he added. "Meanwhile, the species-rich lawns had to take wear and tear but retain their biodiverse and nectar-rich qualities."

Hewetson-Brown supplied turf to a spec drawn up by Dr Mike Wells of Biodiversity by Design and hopes to be chosen for post-games work.

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