Acer Paving & Landscaping were pleased to be awarded the contact to install artificial grass in a play area at a special educational school in Swindon, Wiltshire. The area was previously laid to grass under and around play equipment. There were bald muddy patches under the swings and mud was transferred back into the classroom. The school wanted a play surface that was clean, and usable all year round, reducing the maintenance costs and to stop the mud issue.
We began with stripping the old grass using our own, professional turf stripper ready to prepare the base for the artificial grass. The area was then cleared and levelled in preparation for the base.
We always install our artificial grass professionally on a stone base, with a free draining limestone grit bedding layer and weed barrier material. The stone base is crucial on our clay soils, (which make up most of our catchment area). It forms a firm base under the artificial turf, preventing it from sinking under foot traffic and lifting the final grass level up off of the clay soil.
Above you can see the various operations being completed as we work our way down the area. Near to us is the compacted gravel layer, (we use wash graded gravel because we find it drains best). Further back is the limestone grit bedding layer, in the foreground it’s being loosely spread out to a depth of 25mm, further back you can see it has been compacted and accurately levelled.
Once the weed barrier material is laid the artificial grass can be laid over the top.
The artificial grass is being laid here with various edges being folded back whilst the final positioning is made. The artificial grass is then trimmed around the play equipment. Finally the joints are glued, the perimeter secured, (screwed in this case) and the area brushed to lift the pile.
Namgrass Green Meadow is a superb synthetic turf with a realistic brown thatch and soft, multi coloured fibres. It’s covered by the Namgrass 10 year guarantee like all Namgrass products and Acer guarantees it’s workmanship for 5 years, giving you peace of mind that any problems will be promptly sorted, (not that we expect any!).
We have created a brighter more inviting area that the children will benefit from immensely over the coming months and years.
We have also reduced the schools maintenance costs, stopped the mud issue and improved the aesthetics of the play area.
If you have a school play area project within our catchment area, (which covers most of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Worcestershire) and need help or advice on the installation of artificial grass, then please contact Gary at Acer Paving & Landscaping