Your lawn is about to be rolled back?
Wallington is gradually reducing the grassed area of his own garden at a house he recently moved to in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. “When we moved here, my partner, Chris, was like, ‘Are you sure you want to get rid of the lawn?’ I paused, but I said, ‘What are we going to use it for? We’re not going to play on it, we’re not going to picnic on it, we don’t have kids, so let’s sweep it. It will be much better for the wildlife and for us. So I started clearing it about six months ago. I felt bad because it was a very popular garden before we moved there But as one of the neighbors said, “If you create, you must first destroy” and that’s kind of what we do.
“I think the negativity on the lawns has gone a bit too far though. Everyone is now asking, “What’s the alternative to a lawn?” and I say, ‘The easiest thing is always a lawn, but maybe don’t make it that big. I’ve also planted chamomile lawns and thyme, but those kinds of plants don’t hold up so well to walking. And if children play on it, it will be destroyed quite quickly.
However, Wallington believes the change in mentality on the pitch will be permanent. “It’s not a fad, no. I think we are on an unstoppable path to look at gardens in a completely different way. And it’s not just young people, it’s multi-generational. He is. Many people change paths. The lawn won’t fade away, but these square blocks of solid green will.