All too often we take grass for granted – it’s just ‘there’ and it grows, gets mowed, trampled, sat on, used as the setting for us to score the winning goal or hit the ball out of the ground.
But for farmers and those who wish to enhance our environment grass is much more.
West Midlands MEP Anthea McIntyre visited Inkberrow-based DLF Trifolium, the UK’s largest and fastest growing grass seed company, at one of their plant breeding stations at Hailes Farm near Didbrook to see for herself the work being done to improve the seeds for agricultural, amenity and domestic use.
“I knew that some grasses were more hard-wearing than others and that some grew faster than others but I was staggered to learn so much more about grass and the huge amount of science that lies behind the seeds available. I was astonished to learn that it can take up to 18 years to breed a single new strain of grass.”
“From special mixes for cattle or sheep to Game Cover, Root Crops and Mixtures and Stewardship Mixtures - the range is comprehensive and includes products for Green Manuring and much more.
“The work done by DLF Trifolium is amazing and I am very grateful to Laurence Scowen, the MD of DLF Trifolium and all his staff for showing me a little about this important but oft-overlooked aspect of the UK’s agricultural industry.”
(Photograph shows Anthea McIntyre MEP (right) with (l to r) Dr Penny Mapleston, Chief Executive of the British Society of Plant Breeders Ltd (BSPB), Tony Strickland (UK Technical Manager and Plant Breeder) and Laurence Scowen (Managing Director) looking at trail beds at DLF Trifolium)