Tillers Turf, working closely with Johanna Gibbons Landscape Architects, has helped develop a turfing scheme for Salisbury Council’s offices.
The overall scheme had several objectives and the turf was chosen specifically to fit them.
The area outside the offices is used by members of staff during their lunch hour. The Council wanted to give consideration to local fauna creating a haven for both people and wildlife. They also wanted to achieve a sustainable and low-maintenance landscape that required minimal care, and one that gave a natural feel to the environment.
With these factors in mind, 100% Fescue turf was selected for the less formal areas of the landscape and RTF turf was selected for the maintained areas.
100% Fescue can thrive under a low-input regime, and so in sustainability terms it was very suitable. Allowed to grow long it produces very attractive seed heads that create waves of motion in the wind as well as creating a wildlife haven for all manner of insects.
RTF turf was chosen because of its tolerance to wear and tear, and for its ability to withstand drought conditions. It was used in the areas where the grass was to be maintained at a lower height for walking and sitting.