Use of fake grass is a re­gret­table de­vel­op­ment

The Oban Times - - YOUR VIEWS -

I quite agree with your cor­re­spon­dent Mau­rice Wilkins, who wrote in The Oban Times (Let­ters, Au­gust 2).

I, too, was shocked when I saw the plas­tic grass in the Oban re­tail park and all the shrubs dug up. Given the prox­im­ity of Home­base, which sells gar­den sup­plies and plants, could the land sur­round­ing the stores not be used to show­case its shrubs and plants? It would be good ad­ver­tis­ing for Home­base as well as en­hanc­ing the shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ence for every­one.

Another thing to con­sider is that Lochavullin tends to flood in the win­ter months. The old sys­tem of real grass and shrubs were use­ful run off points for the wa­ter to drain.

There is a dan­ger of this fake grass spread­ing wider. In its own way, it is be­com­ing as bad as the in­va­sive plant species we are try­ing to con­trol. I have seen it re­cently ap­plied in a few gar­dens. There is a va­lid­ity to us­ing it in all-weather play­ing fields but not any­where else.

Sarah Swain-Nis­bet, Dal­in­tart Drive, Oban.

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