Artificial Grass Banned From RHS Shows
Artificial grass has been banned from RHS Shows, including this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has confirmed the ban on fake grass due to its damaging effect on the environment which does not align with its ethics.
Ed Horne, Head of Communications at the RHS, told The Times: ‘We launched our sustainability strategy last year and fake grass is just not in line with our ethos and views on plastic. We recommend using real grass because of its environmental benefits, which include supporting wildlife, mitigating flooding and cooling the environment.’
Artificial grass has typically been favoured in some residential homes for being a more convenient option for creating a low maintenance garden, but for years now conservationists and environmental campaigners have been raising awareness of the environmental impact of installing astro turf in gardens, particularly due to its unnecessary use of plastic, the fact that it cannot be easily recycled, the reduction of biodiversity and its contribution to flooding.
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Confirmation of the RHS’ plan to ban artificial grass was actually announced last year after Easigrass used its Chelsea Flower Show gold medal to promote its product in John Lewis stores. The RHS condemned this, saying medal wins are not endorsements and should not be used in advertising.
The RHS responded in September last year: ‘We always recommend using real grass or permeable paving. Easigrass should not be using our logo to endorse its products and we will be picking this up directly with them. Easigrass last exhibited at RHS Chelsea in 2017 and from 2022 we will ban artificial grass from our Shows.’
Artificial grass exhibition by Easigrass at RHS Chelsea 2017
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The RHS said in its Sustainability Strategy released last year: ‘Despite the imagery of gardening being about nature, several aspects are in fact harmful to nature. Plastics that harm the environment feature in product packaging including hard-to-recycle plastic film; plant pots; gardening tools and appliances; and many other products. The wider global crisis of plastic pollution is mirrored in the horticulture industry and needs to be tackled with the same speed and vigour.’
Although there has been a boom for some time now, sales of artificial grass surged in 2020 during lockdown, with Google showing a 185 per cent increase in searches year-on-year. Chris Packham, presenter of the BBC’s Springwatch, previously criticised the use fake grass in a tweet last year, calling artificial turfs ‘desolate plastic wasteland’.
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Current petitions launched by Twitter account S*** Lawns has urged the government to ban artificial grass for residential properties and to impose an ‘ecological damage tax’ on the product.
A similar petition last year gathered more than 32,000 signatures, but the government said it had no plans to implement a ban, explaining: ‘We prefer to help people and companies make the right choice, rather than banning items outright. However, where progress is insufficient, we will explore alternative policy measures, which may involve bans as part of a wider strategic approach.’
Other RHS bans over the many years have included garden gnomes (though this was temporarily lifted in 2013); oak trees, which made the banned list in 2019 amid fears the Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) could rapidly spread across Britain; and in 2021 the RHS announced that the use of floral foam would no longer be allowed.
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