Piccadilly Gardens High Tech Grass
Piccadilly Gardens to get high-tech hybrid grass.
18:59 07 July 2019
Part of Piccadilly Gardens is set to get special hybrid grass that can withstand wear and tear from thousands of visitors a day, council bosses have confirmed.
The work has started and a small area adjacent to the fountain was sown with the high-tech turf, which is a mixture of natural and synthetic grass often used on professional sports pitches. The part of the area where the grass has been planted will be fenced off for the next few weeks to allow it to germinate and establish.
Councillor Pat Karney, Manchester City Council’s spokesperson for the city centre, said: “Thousands of people pass through Piccadilly Gardens every day and it becomes a natural focal point for the city centre when the sun comes out.
“For a hard-working public space, we need a hard-wearing grass that can take such massive footfall, especially when the weather does let us down.
"Over the years, we have tried a number of grass strains to improve its durability and we hope this trial will prove successful, with a view to extending the area across other parts of Piccadilly Gardens.
“We are also taking this opportunity to re-sow other areas of grass to improve the space as we welcome the summer months in Manchester.”