Trinity CE Lower School, in Aldwincle, Northants were suffering a real problem with rabbit holes on the school playing field.

In the current world of Health and Safety, you can never be too careful.

As Groundforce were too busy to help, they called in Millie and Henry. Armed with several rolls of top quality Q Lawns turf the team got to work, filled in all the holes, and spent the rest of the Easter holidays lovingly watering the new turf.

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LAWN TURF HISTORY

May 2013 marks the 20th birthday of Q Lawns turf growers and so we’re reminiscing about the olden days and thinking about what the future might hold.

In this short video, Chris Carr, our Sales and Marketing Manager recalls how the business diversified from dairy farming and pig rearing in Norfolk to supplying lawns to most of the UK.

He recounts the development of Enviromat for green roofing and of Meadowmat wild flower matting and speculates on what the future might hold.

Spotted this beautiful nesting swan on a nest on a block of land that we are leaving fallow this season. We have identified it as a mute swan. Apparently the rusty stain on its head is due to it feeding in acidic waters.

She or he is nesting next to one of the many dykes that network our turf farms. Unfortunately in parts of Britain the species has shown serious decline recently, mainly caused by poisoning from swallowing anglers’ discarded lead weights.

We will be updating our blog when the cygnets appear.

A recent study says that parks, gardens and green space in urban areas boost the well being of the people living around. The study used data from around 5000 houses in the UK over a period of about 17 years. A green area has a significant positive effect on the people living around it. Read More

What a world we would live in without Honeybees. You may not know that one in 3 mouthfuls of the food we eat is reliant on pollination. Just imagine breakfast, if there were no honeybees there would be no juice, no honey and no jam.

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At Q Lawns we’re proud to play host to a wide range of wildlife from spiders to snakes, beetles to badgers, dragonflies to deer but we’re proudest of all about our resident population of barn owls.

These majestic birds can often be seen at dusk or after dark hunting for small mammals in the field margins, alongside the river and around untrimmed banks of our many drainage ditches.

Totally silent when in flight, these ghost like creatures are not responsible for the “tatwhit ta whoo ” sound so often associated with owls, the barn owl has an equally eery call that is more of a screech than a hoot. Hence their common name of screech owl.

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to visit our local RSPB reserve for a barn owl walk.  The warden,  David White told us a lot about barn owls and showed us photos of babies in the nest. Funny little things! They have the distinctive heart shaped face from the moment they hatch and are blessed with foracious appetites.  On a good year when the weather is kind and food is plentiful, barn owl parents will rear 4 or 5 young which means that the parents will have a whole lot of hunting to do.  The RSPB reserve has vast hunting grounds for their owls to patrol but agricultural land can sometimes have smaller populations of mice, shrews, voles and other such small mammals because there are fewer places to shelter and fewer mini beasts for them to eat.

WILDLIFE HABITAT ON OUR FARM

At Q Lawns we do what we can to provide habitat for creatures at the bottom of the food chain without compromising the quality of our crops and we’re rewarded with the occasional glimpse of fascinating and enigmatic creatures like the barn owl. The presence of these birds and the fact that they are nesting on our farm is a sign that our soil is healthy and productive, we’re not sloshing pesticides about willy nilly…..and we’re proud to preserve our wildlife.

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