What to See and Do in Hertfordshire

What to See and Do in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is a county in southern England, bordered by Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex and Buckinghamshire. Read all about what to see and do in the stunning county!


Things to see and do in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is brimming with exciting things to see and do, so you’re guaranteed to discover something wonderful on your visit to the beautiful hidden gem of a county that is Hertfordshire.

Hertfordshire – or ‘Herts’ as the locals like to call it – is just north of London and has an array of attractions and destinations that can be reached in as little as 20 minutes by train from the capital. Immerse yourself in the stunning countryside and incredible cultural sites in no time at all!

Hatfield House, just 21 miles of north London, is a stunning Jacobean House with gardens set in a spectacular countryside setting. Here you can explore the 400-year-old home and stroll through the impeccably tidy and brightly coloured gardens.

Paradise Wildlife Park is a family-run animal park located in Broxbourne in Hertfordshire. Meet exotic animals including lions, tigers and meerkats at the most visited tourist attraction in Hertfordshire for a fantastic family day out.

For those who love Harry Potter, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is the perfect place for touring the real film sets, props and costumes and learning all about the special effects and tricks used in the popular films. You can drink Butterbeer and buy wands – so it’s the perfect place for Harry Potter fanatics!

Where to stay in Hertfordshire

When planning your trip to Hertfordshire, you can be rest assured that you will be sleeping soundly and enjoying spectacular food and drink at West Lodge Park, Hertfordshire’s finest country house hotel.

West Lodge Park is a five-star country retreat hotel in Hertfordshire, catering for weddings, celebrations, special events and much more. The country hotel is situated in 35-acres of stunning grounds, so you can breathe and soak up the tranquillity whilst strolling round the grounds, or when enjoying afternoon tea in the terrace bar. There are 59 luxury en-suite bedrooms, all of which have been individually named and decorated.

Enjoy luxurious fine dining in the Mary Beale restaurant, where breakfast, lunch and dinner is served, made from locally sourced and fresh ingredients from the area. West Lodge Park serve mouth watering dishes served in a relaxing atmosphere, perfect for a meal out or special occasion. A range of afternoon teas are also served here for everyone to enjoy.

Where to eat in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire have a number of fantastic restaurants, from Italian bistros and Turkish eateries, to family-run cafes and classic British spots – so you’ll be spoilt for choice on where to eat out!

The Greyhound in Hertfordshire is a pretty country pub, serving elevated pub classics and daily specials to reflect the seasonally-available ingredients. St James Restaurant is a modern, British restaurant with some European inspired dishes, including mushroom soup with truffle oil and roasted lamb rump with rosemary scented shepherd’s pie.


There’s so much to see and do in Hertfordshire, so when will you be visiting?

Hybrid Generators Aid Aircraft Maintenance


aircraft engine repairUS Air Force Trials New Type of Power Generator

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There is a well-worn saying in the US Air Force that you can’t have air power without ground power. And at Edwards Airforce Base, this is a fact that becomes immediately obvious. The immense military base is home to the US Air Force Test Pilot School, the Air Force Test Center, NASA’s Flight Research Center and numerous other facilities.

Anyone who is fortunate enough to be granted a tour of the 308,000 acre facility will notice that the only thing that outnumbers the planes is the diesel generators. They are literally everywhere, and to get each plane in the air and doing what it needs to do to protect the nation relies on having a reliable source of power at ground level.

Hybrid power

Where better, then, to put a new generation of power delivery systems through their paces? Last month, a team of researchers from Air Force Materiel Command led by Senior Master Sergeant Jason Tilley of the Aerospace Ground Support Equipment Working Group arrived at Edwards to try out the new Hybrid Flightline Generator Technology Pathfinder and see how it performed in the field.

The generator uses a conventional diesel engine in combination with a bank of batteries. This means the engine is smaller, and the unit is quieter, lighter and runs for longer without the need for refuelling.

Real world simulations

The idea of the trial was to provide some real-world simulations and see if the new type of generator would be as successful in practice as it had been under lab conditions. For this reason, the Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) crew were fully involved in the tests. These are the people who use generators day in and day out during aircraft maintenance, so they are in the perfect position to assess the new technology.

Positive feedback

The conclusions from the trials are still being assessed, but the general feedback from both the researchers and the AGE crews who took part in the trial was positive. Convenience is a key factor, particularly in an environment where engineers are likely to be working under pressure. The new generator weighs in at just 4,300 lb (around two metric tons), less than half the weight of its predecessor.

AGE crew were also impressed by the reduction in noise and smell from the Hybrid. Being able to hear what is going on around you is important in any industry. But for US Air Force ground crews, it could be critical. Sergeant Tilley remarked: “One drawback to current diesel generators is that they’re loud; hearing conservation is a benefit with the hybrid generator.” He went on to add that when they work all day around the current diesel generators, maintenance crew members: “lie down at night and still hear the engine running in their heads.” The fact that the hybrid generator has lower emissions also means staff do not conclude the day with their clothes smelling of smoke.

On the whole, the trial was considered a success. The developers are now working on the next steps towards a production model that will revolutionise power generation in the US Air Force and potentially, beyond.

The Differences Between Architects and Draftsmen

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drawing boardDiscussing the differences between architects and draftsmen to help choose the right one for help in a construction project. Architects design while draftsmen draw.

Knowing how the two professions differ to help choose the right one

The casual observer may think architects and draftsmen amount to the same thing – they both design buildings and produce drawings – but it’s not as clear cut as this. There are, however, differences between the two professions although the boundaries can be blurred depending on the services draftsmen in particular may offer.

Designing a building

Before it can be built a building first has to be designed.

A given building, whether an extension, a total new-build house or commercial property, has to be taken from a general vision and converted into a full design complete with detailed drawings. These are then used to gain the necessary planning approval and act as the blueprint for the constructors in actually building it.

In broad terms an architect will handle the process of creating a detailed design from consultations with the customer, and the draftsman will provide the detailed and scaled drawings.

In some cases, architects work in conjunction with draftsmen and each does their ‘design or draw’ role to produce the final design on paper, and some may enlist companies offering architectural drafting services.

That said, the demarcation between these two roles can be blurred:

  • Some draftsmen will also provide design services – indeed the term ‘building designer’ is used by some draftsmen to describe their services and is generally becoming more common
  • Some architects produce their own drawings and plans

Architects design while draftsmen draw

In many cases the architect will not only work with the client to produce a design, they may well take over much of the design concept itself; many customers who have a notion of the type of building they want will defer to an architect to bring their ‘wish list’ to fruition. Certain buildings may be referred by the architect who designed them; for example there’s the ‘Norman Foster designed London Gherkin’ along with other famous buildings and areas in London and other parts of the UK and around the world defined by the architect.

For clients with more fixed design ideas the architect may sometimes challenge them as in saying ‘have you thought of this idea?’ or illustrating how some preferred design elements may need changing or dropping altogether depending on specific circumstances.

Following completion of the design the draftsman will produce drawings based on the architect’s blueprint. As said above, architects can produce their own drawings but it’s often felt architects are specialists in design while draftsmen are specialists in producing the final drawings.


This fundamental difference is reflected in the training for both professions. Architect training takes around seven years with usually a five year university course followed by a further two years’ on the job training in an architect’s premises.

The university part of the training will concentrate on many design principles and include subjects such as design history and contract law.

Draftsmen’s training is considerably shorter – around two years to study a drafting diploma at a technical college or similar – with some on the job experience to follow. That said, draftsmen can come into the profession in different ways including those from construction related backgrounds or maybe an architectural environment without having officially qualified as one.

Which to use?

This depends on your circumstances and how far down the road you are in the process.

For some basic house extensions following very closely the existing design of a property, then drawings from a draftsmen may be perfectly sufficient to present to your local authority’s planning department and your construction people.

On the other hand, if you require full design serves then an architect will be the more appropriate choice. They can also, in many cases, see the whole project through from initial concept to completion by performing a project management role if this is required.

Replace Your Old Banger This Spring

old banger ready to be a scrap car

Old banger ready to be a Scrap car How to dispose of your old banger in a quick, easy, environmentally friendly and profitable way using a specialist car disposal company in one day or even less.

Give your old faithful an honourable retirement and make money

It may finally be time to bid farewell to your old motor; it’s served you well and by now probably doesn’t owe you anything but perhaps the ravages of time are ultimately catching up with it. The good news is moving it on these days can be quick and convenient and also profitable as money can be made on your old wheels.

Goodbye to the scrapyard

Time was when disposing of a very old car with no real sell on value could be something of a time consuming chore. You’d have to get it over to a scrapyard – especially awkward if it was a non-runner – and then be at the mercy of their price offer. If you didn’t think it was a fair price then you’d have the hassle of taking your old motor away again.

That’s thankfully a thing of the past with the advent of car disposal companies who make the process quick, easy and maybe even profitable for you.

The efficient way of car disposal

Whether your car is too old to keep on the road in terms of repair costs being uneconomical, or it’s simply reached the end of its life, then environmentally friendly disposal is expected as part of the EU’s ELV (End of Life Vehicle) Directive. This lays down ground rules for the way vehicles should be broken down and disposed of.

A specialist car disposal company is registered with relevant environment agencies and connected to a fully authorised treatment facility so as to enable the proper disposal of your car. They also take care of notifying the DVLA your car has been scrapped and will issue you with a COD (Certificate Of Destruction) as proof.

Vehicles in all sorts of condition and types are usually considered, so even if you have a non-runner rotting away in a shed or a field somewhere there’s no reason not to dispose of it.

Various models of cars, vans, commercial vehicles and even motorbikes can likely be handled by your car disposal company and the process is extremely quick; your vehicle could be bought and taken away by the company with the money in your account all on the same day you approach them.

The process

Disposing of your car is simple:

  • Visit the disposal company’s website and enter your registration number and check the correct vehicle comes up
  • A price will appear once you’ve added a few extra details and preferably uploaded a photo
  • If you’re happy with the valuation, contact the disposal company to arrange the sale of your vehicle to them
  • They will arrange to come and collect your vehicle often the very same day; if it’s a non-runner that’s no problem as they’ll remove it on a flat bed truck
  • The company will pay you immediately direct into your account

Other details

You’ll need to ensure the V5C (registration document) and all keys and locking nuts (for alloy wheels if applicable) are present. If it’s a non-runner and all keys have long since been lost, the disposal company can still take your vehicle but do notify them in advance.

If you haven’t got the V5C then this can be overcome but you’ll need to prove that you are the owner of the vehicle.

The disposal company will pay you by bank transfer that will clear funds into your account before the vehicle is taken. They can’t pay cash as this is illegal for the payment of scrapped cars.

Disposing of your old wheels in this manner is quick, easy, profitable and environmentally friendly.

Plan the Best Outdoor Summer Fete This Year

Plan the Best Outdoor Summer Fete This Year

The traditional summer fete has become an important date in the school calendar – not only as a social event for a local community and school, but as a major fundraising opportunity. You don’t need to be super adventurous, but there’s no escaping the need for careful planning and a team of parents, teachers and volunteers to help out.

Selecting a date and venue

Choosing the right date and planning an exciting programme of events is key. Consider the timing of other school activities, such as exams or sports days, and events in the wider community, such as football matches or festivals.

Once you’ve chosen a date, break down the tasks based on what you want to achieve and who is responsible. You will then be able to set milestones indicating when planning needs to be finished. While the venue for a school fete is the school grounds, it’s important that it has a wet-weather capability. This usually means a large indoor space such as a stadium or hall.

Fun and games

Hiring a childrens entertainer essex to entertain children throughout the day is a great attraction to have at a summer fair! Professional children’s entertainers will have a range of services to offer, including discos, face painting and party games.

Fun games and plenty of activities to suit all ages make for a memorable and profitable event. Perhaps a local celebrity or town official can make an appearance at the summer fete? Which is one way to help attract a crowd!

Food and drink

If you’re attracting a lunchtime crowd, why not have a BBQ serving hot dogs, burgers and jacket potatoes with a variety of fillings? Outside caterers may be interested in providing refreshments at your event for a share of the profits – and great advertisement for local companies, too!

If your school obtains a Temporary Event Notice (TEN) from the council to serve alcohol, you could have a beer or Pimms tent for the adults, and a mocktail stand and pick n’ mix sweet stall for the kids.


It’s important to make sure there’s something for everyone. Colourful games and stalls will attract the most attention, and hopefully make a lot of profit too. Include stalls such as a lucky dip, tombola, coconut shy and hook a duck – all games that adults and children can have fun with! Include plenty of refreshment stands too, alongside face paint and glitter tattoo stations.

Promoting the event

After all the planning you have put into the event, ensure you advertise and promote the summer fete well so that people will attend. Use banners, flyers, social media or local newspapers, as all are excellent ways of advertising your event.

Hold a prize draw or raffle to encourage people to sell tickets to parents, family members or work colleagues. It’s a great way to promote your event and draw in the crowds.

Gather enough volunteers to help out at the summer fete too, to help the day run smoothly!

Our 10 Favourite Wedding Locations in Herts

Our 10 Favourite Wedding Locations in Herts

Our 10 Favourite Wedding Locations in Herts

As a wedding photographer Hertfordshire, we know that our clients are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the perfect wedding location to have photographs taken in. Here is a list of our 10 favourite wedding locations in Herts!


The Grange and Cavendish Country Houses

These beautiful boutique country houses are available to hire for exclusive use.

The Grange is a stunning 14th Century house, set in mature gardens and woodlands. It is also renowned for being one of the oldest houses of its kind in Northwood. The Cavendish is a beautiful Tudor house, set in the heart of Eastcote, surrounded by rose gardens and parkland.

Both houses have a warm and friendly atmosphere, and the rooms are dripping in crystal chandeliers and fine drapes, creating the perfect atmosphere to shoot weddings in.

Hanbury Manor

Set in stunning grounds, Hanbury Manor has spectacular period features and architecture, creating the perfect enchanting wedding location to shoot in.

Poles Hall provides a beautiful backdrop for a memorable wedding, with stunning vaulted ceilings and a gallery to provide historic charm and elegance. The self-contained Garden Court is a beautiful walled garden, ideal for capturing wedding photographs.

West Lodge Park

West Lodge Park is a stunning wedding venue in Hertfordshire with a fairy-tale setting to admire. It is set within 34 acres of stunning picturesque grounds, providing the space to capture treasured wedding photographs. The venue is steeped in history, with a number of impressive function spaces to create the perfect atmosphere for your celebrations.

Knebworth House

The restored 16th Century Knebworth House offers a truly unique setting, ideal for holding ceremonies, weddings and receptions. Knebworth House is also home to beautiful formal gardens, providing a stunning backdrop to wedding photographers. The outdoor garden gazebo offers a romantic venue for weddings too, and it’s also recognised as one of England’s most beloved stately homes.

Boreham House

Set in between an avenue of trees and a stunning lake, Boreham House is a stately Grade 1 listed mansion surrounded by history. This beautiful home is set in 35 acres of picturesque grounds, perfect for civil weddings and wedding receptions.

The bridal suite and luxury suites available for accommodation provide beautiful backdrops for wedding photography, especially when capturing the bride and bridesmaids getting ready for the big day.

Ashridge House

Nestled in 190 acres of National Trust historical ground, Ashridge House is a spectacular Grade I listed country house with over 730 years of history. The stately home provides photogenic spots throughout the venue, and the Italian Gardens are especially beautiful to shoot in.

Moor Park Golf Club

Near the borders of Middlesex and Buckinghamshire, Moor Park Golf Club provides the perfect setting for the perfect wedding day. The mansion stands proudly in 250 acres of stunning landscaped gardens, providing a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos. The mansion is full of colourful history with an extensive collection of art dating back to 1680 available to view.

Fanhams Hall

Fanhams Hall is a stunning country house venue in Ware, holding civil and religious wedding celebrations with a variety of indoor and outdoor locations to explore. In the winter, you can enjoy warm open fires and in the summer, you can observe tumbling waterfalls. The private rooms have stunning original Grade II listed features too, and there are formal gardens and rambling grounds to explore and shoot in.

Colville Hall

Based in Essex, Colville Hall is home to a unique group of thatched barns set on picturesque courtyard settings. One bard is set out for the wedding breakfast, and the other for the civil ceremony. There is plenty of space indoors and outdoors to take beautiful wedding photographs; the atmosphere is peaceful and tranquil thanks to the elegant gardens and duck ponds.

Needham House

Nestled in a quaint village in Hertfordshire, Needham House is four-star boutique hotel surrounded by beautiful countryside. The modern venue has beautiful gardens and fields to explore, especially the stunning Heather Gardens with blossom trees – providing a stunning backdrop for wedding photographs.

Day In The Life Of A Model

World Image Models for events

World Image Models for eventsCould This Be The Perfect Job For You?

Image modelling is one of the most popular careers for gorgeous young women. So what does a typical day involve?

Modelling is one of the most glamorous and alluring careers. It’s full of fun and excitement, and no two days at work are the same. If you want to quit your 9-5 lifestyle and become a model, then naturally you’ll want to know what to expect from your exciting new profession. Well, look no further – because you’re about to get an insight into what a typical 24 hours in the life of a model entails. From her morning routine to her assignment in the evening, this will lift the lid on what it takes to become a successful image model.

Getting ready

At the start of the day, a model is going to be making herself look beautiful for her next appointment. There’s no standard kind of job for a successful image model, and the look that she goes for is going to be entirely dependent on what she is getting up to that evening. If she’s going to be lounging around in a bikini during a yacht party, she’ll head to the salon for a top up of her tan. If she’s working at an exclusive launch for a fashion label, she’ll be choosing one of the designer’s creations to wear that evening. One thing is for sure though – she’ll never head to a job looking anything less than incredible.

Planning for the evening’s work

As the time to get to work approaches, she’ll be focusing on what is expected of her that evening. With the help and guidance of her agency, a good model will take the time to research the individual or company that she is working for. It’s always better to work with an agency, as you’ll secure the best possible gigs and only be put in touch with clients with a flawless reputation.

Arriving at the venue

Soon it will be time to head to the venue. As we said before, there are no typical jobs in this industry, which is what makes image modelling such an exciting career. When a model arrives on site, she’ll immediately get to work. She’ll often work alongside other models to meet and greet guests as they arrive, handing them glasses of bubbly and generally getting them in the mood. A good model is just as good at breaking the ice as she is looking beautiful, so she’s a girl of many talents.

Creating a brilliant atmosphere

As the night goes on, an image model will pay close attention to the guests and do things like engage in a bit of flirty banter and get guys up on the dance floor. More than anything, she loves to party, so you won’t catch her flagging by the end of the evening. You need serious stamina for this job, but the time does fly when you’re having so much fun! A model may be asked to pay special attention to one guest in particular, so the end of the night may be spent in a more intimate setting.

An incredibly rewarding job

All good things have to come to an end, and in the blink of an eye the party will be over. However the occasion comes to a close though, a model will head back home satisfied that she has done a great job and furthered the interests of her client as much as possible. So, do you think that you could do the same? If that day sounds like your idea of fun, then a new career could be on the horizon.

5 Secret Cooking Methods Of Professional Chefs

Seal & Vacuum

Seal & Vacuum

Adding Some Flair To Your Kitchen

You don’t have to be a professional chef to experiment with some of the most exciting cooking methods.

Now that Christmas is over and you don’t have to think about slaving away over a roast turkey for a good while yet, your thoughts are probably turning to more exciting culinary techniques. If you want to expand your cooking skill set in 2018, then you should take a look at what professional chefs are getting up to in their kitchens. Far from being beyond your capabilities, the methods that renowned chefs use can be easily recreated in your home kitchen with the right equipment and the right attitude. So here are five of the most innovative ways to cook, with delicious results guaranteed.

Sous vide

Sous vide is one of the most popular cooking methods for a professional chef. For the uninitiated, here is sous vide explained. The food is sealed in a vacuum pack and then cooked in a low temperature water bath for an extended period of time. During that long cooking period, flavours have the chance to develop and every bit of moisture is locked into the food. It’s no wonder it’s a part of every successful chef’s arsenal. At home, you can deliver the same results with your own sous vide equipment.

Molecular gastronomy

A favourite of celebrity chefs like Heston Blumenthal, molecular gastronomy is where chemistry meets food. Using tools more commonly found in a science lab, chefs can really push the boundaries. Diners will be presented with dishes such as clear pasta, cocktail spheres and of course, food surrounded by dry ice. There are many recipes and starter kits to help you pick up the skills you’ll need.


One of the biggest food trends in recent years, ceviche is all about embracing the freshness of your ingredients. If you haven’t tried it, it’s fish cured in citrus juice. So you don’t even need to switch on your oven, as the juice is doing all the work! When you do make it at home, be sure to use ingredients that are as fresh as possible, and serve immediately. Done well, it is the perfect summertime treat.

Salt crust

Baking food in a salt crust is probably the easiest of these five cooking methods, but it is no less impressive. You simply mix together salt and egg white to form a sand like mixture, then cover your meat, fish or vegetables in it and then bake. The crust insulates the food, and it cooks evenly and gently. It makes for a great centrepiece too, as you’ll wow your guests by cracking open the crust at the table.


Confit is one of the most well-known cooking methods, but many home cooks are scared to give it a go. Well, make a resolution to change that this year! This cooking technique involves cooking food in fat, with confit leg of duck being the most popular example. The food is cooked at a lower temperature, and this results in the most incredible texture and flavour. Additionally, using this method will preserve food too. No wonder it’s been a French favourite for hundreds of years.

It’s time to get cooking!

Whether you choose to give all of these methods a go or you just pick one or two that take your fancy, you’ll be introducing some excitement into your kitchen. So why not think of a show stopping recipe to serve up to your family and friends this weekend? Once word gets out that you’re mastering these techniques, everyone will want an invite to your place for dinner!

The Four Best Villages in Hertfordshire Within A 40-Minute Commute of London

The Four Best Villages in Hertfordshire Within A 40-Minute Commute of London

The Four Best Villages in Hertfordshire Within A 40-Minute Commute of London

If you work in the big smoke but fancy relocating to somewhere more peaceful and travelling into work each day, then Hertfordshire boats plenty of quaint and beautiful villages to visit.

If you’re visiting Hertfordshire for the first time, why not book into a relaxing hotels Hertfordshire to set you up for a weekend of exploring?



Noted for its picturesque setting and “chocolate-box” village, Aldbury is a village in Hertfordshire, bordering Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. For a two-to-three-bedroom cottage, prices start at around £400,000. Commuting into London Euston each day would take just 35 minutes, and there are excellent village primary schools and secondary schools here.


The village is an early Tudor town, with a 12th-century Norman tower, two pubs, a shop and a school. You can travel into London in just 35-minutes via King’s Cross, and an average two-bedroom period cottage costs around £300,000. There are a steady flux of people moving into the village, but Barley remains relatively untouched, with a number of long-established families living in the village.


Wheathampstead is the perfect destination for those seeking the tranquillity of Hertfordshire countryside, with a splash of urban convenience. The village has a number of heritage trails and beautiful landscapes to explore, making the village a fascinating and welcoming place to live in. If you’re commuting here into London each day, you can expect the travel time to be around an hour via bus and train.

Much Hadham

Formerly known as Great Hadham, Much Hadham is a village in the district of East Hertfordshire with two churches and many listed buildings, including four listed at Grade I. A three-bedroom house costs around £450,000 and the average travel time into London by train is 39 minutes. Much Hadham is ideal for retired couples and young families who enjoy village life. The village is set in the open country, with cute thatched cottages, Georgian manors, local pubs and farmers’ markets.

Protect Your Playing Field with a Grass Protection System

kids playing football in the park

kids playing football in the parkIs Your Playing Field Ready to Face the Challenges Ahead?

Playing fields get plenty of punishment – grass protection system keeps them looking good and ready for anything.

While winter might still have a couple of tricks left up its sleeve before it goes for good, there is no denying that spring is definitely in the air. It won’t be long before the playing fields are once again alive with the sounds of children playing, sports matches taking place and all the other sounds of spring and summer.

Of course, all this activity takes is toll on the surface, particularly given the unpredictable nature of the British climate. It is not uncommon to see a green and verdant playing field turned into something more akin to a swamp after a couple of weekends of heavy use in the rain. This is where a Suregreen grass protection system can make all the difference.

We love our playing fields

Whether it’s a tiny hamlet or one of the country’s major cities, we all tend to congregate to playing fields for one reason or another at the weekend, and there is always something happening. Given the sheer range of activities that playing fields have to endure, it is little surprise that they can end up looking somewhat ravaged.

One week there might be a football match, with 22 players punishing the ground with their studs. The next week, a classic car show, with heavy footfall and a wide variety of vehicle traffic. Then after that, the ever-popular car boot sale. At the best of times, it will be a challenge for the grass to survive, but add some heavy spring showers, and it is hardly surprising that everything can turn to sludge.

Protecting the grass

Grass reinforcement in the form of plastic mesh helps keep the grass intact and the field remaining usable throughout the summer, whatever the weather. The mesh is fixed securely to the ground, and when people first see it in place, they are sometimes shocked at the appearance. But the beauty of mesh reinforcement is that in next to no time, it beds in as the grass grows around it to form a strong, stable surface that has no detrimental effect on the overall appearance.

Not only does the grass grip the mesh, but the effect works both ways and the mesh serves to strengthen the grass surface and protect it from the damage and soil erosion that heavy traffic from feet and wheels inevitably causes.

Types of mesh

The most popular types of grass reinforcement mesh are GR11 and GR14. The naming is simple enough – GR stands for grass reinforcement, and the number simply refers to the thickness of the mesh in millimetres.

GR11 is considered light grade, and is used in areas that are subject to significant footfall and occasional vehicular traffic – for example, a playing field that is used for occasional car shows, or perhaps as an overflow car park for special events.

GR14 is suitable for heavy duty traffic. Use this if the field is likely to have goods vehicles driving across it, or when it is regularly used for car parking.