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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Healthy, green, natural turf creates the perfect backdrop for any garden and turf by the square metre is still one of the cheapest forms of landscaping. It is a fact that a natural lawn is one of the healthiest places for you to relax and for children to play. Did you know:

  • An average lawn produces enough oxygen for a family for an entire day.
  • Nearly a ton of carbon per acre per year is absorbed by lawned areas.
  • Natural grass will keep the air cooler on a hot day.
  • A healthy lawn will protect your child from bumps and scrapes with its cushioning effect.
  • A lawn provides a relaxing environment, a place to entertain and play.
  • Turf also minimizes allergy related pollens. Regularly mowed turf does not produce seed and therefore minimizes the likelihood of some allergy related problems more likely with tall grasses and other plants.
  • Laying a new lawn is simple and can transform your garden in hours, the recession will no doubt cause a lot of people to re-consider going abroad this year so why not treat yourself and do up the garden.
A place to entertain and admire the view
A place to run and have fun
Small and charming
Big and bold
A shady retreat

During the build up to the Southport Flower Show Turf Online offered shoppers on Lord Street inspiration by transforming a piece of pavement outside Tinkers restaurant into a beautiful garden. Shoppers stopped in their tracks to admire the display which took two men just four hours from start to finish. “What a brilliant way to draw people to a restaurant, especially if the restaurant is hosting a special event like a wedding, maybe we could start a new trend. How fantastic would it be if a number of shops and restaurants were allowed to do this during flower show week, it could become a competition,” commented Angie Mackay (a Turf Online Manager). Turf Online have been sponsors of the Southport Flower Show for many years supplying the turf for the show gardens.