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  • I was horrified to find this plastic wildlife death-trap in my lawn which was was laid 10 months ago after scarifying the lawn like many others on this forum. Shockingly I was not informed of its use; what gardener would agree to it? I am in the process of pulling it up. There should be a campaign to ban this stuff from our gardens. Does anyone know if this has been brought to public attention? Come on Gardener’s World; get behind it!
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 4,850
    I contacted GW about this some years ago and never even got a response.
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 7,472
    Could be worth contacting BBC consumer show Rip off Britain 
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wck32/contact
    or l noticed Matt Allwright doing consumer items on the Morning Live show. Also Gardening from Which may be interested. 
  • SueAtooSueAtoo DorsetPosts: 196
    I have it in my lawn which was probably laid about 26 years ago when the house was built. Not degraded at all, viscious stuff.
  • SueAtooSueAtoo DorsetPosts: 196
    I've just contacted Turfonline who use mesh and say it biodegrades I've asked for a sample of mesh so I can check for myself. Will report back though it may take some time.
  • I think if consumers were aware of plastic mesh in turf they wouldn’t buy it. It is horrendous stuff and is only used to hold substandard turf together. It is appalling that so many companies sell and use it. There is such a growing concern amongst gardeners about our impact on the environment but nothing is  publicised about plastic mesh in lawns. 🤔
  • GreenbirdGreenbird Posts: 204
    It doesn't matter if it degrades or not. I've pulled some of this stuff from my lawn and it's difficult to break with your hands. A digging mammal or bird caught in the mesh would have no chance. 

    I think Chris Packham is active on twitter, and this would likely be something he would bring to wider attention. Has any twitter users attempted to link him examples? 
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Brittany, France Posts: 2,894
    SueAtoo said:
    I've just contacted Turfonline who use mesh and say it biodegrades I've asked for a sample of mesh so I can check for myself. Will report back though it may take some time.
    @SueAtoo Do you mean "it may take some time for the mesh to degrade? Well, it may take centuries... :(
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 24,222
    I have now raised this problem with the RHS.

    Who knows, maybe they can mount a campaign about plastic misuse or at least warn their membership about plastic mesh hiding in lawn turf.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • KT53KT53 Posts: 4,850
    I did contact GW again and had a response along the lines of 'this is something we may consider investigating'.
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