Sky-high garden with the green green grass of a high-rise home
summer, the green grass grass of this home looks set to be a big attraction for tenants.
The lawn was put in two years ago after Paul Dawson bought the property which he had previously rented. Paul is the MD of Yorkbased Rolawn, Europe’s largest producer of cultivated turf, and says: “One of the reasons I bought the flat was the amount of outside space. It is huge and is a real sun trap. I could see there was plenty of room for a lawn and thought: ‘Why not?’.
“Obviously, I’m in the business and am passionate about lawns and there is no reason why one can’t be laid on a terrace this high up.
“Having said that, as far as I know it’s unique. There are roof gardens that are grassed but I don’t know of another balcony with a lawn. Visitors are always amazed when they see it. It’s a real talking point.”
The Medallion turf was laid on to a permeable membrane and surrounded by a contemporary stainless steel frame.
The cost was minimal as the turf is priced at about £5 a roll, but the benefits have been enormous, according to Paul, who adds that the lawn is thriving.
“It’s a very vibrant colour, which really stands out in a city environment where there are very few green spaces and the smell of the cut grass is wonderful when it wafts into the flat.
“The lawn also acts as an air filter and traps particles of dust, while the evaporation of water on the grass acts as a cooling system for the terrace.
“You can use it for sunbathing and I like walking barefoot on it. That’s very therapeutic.”
He is also growing an olive tree and has installed planters with box hedging.
The lawn mower has its own shed and unlike its suburban and country counterparts, it is unlikely ever to be stolen.
Inside, the apartment has two double bedrooms and two bathrooms. It has new walnut floors, underfloor heating, a sound system and a home cinema.
Paul is renting his city home out to move closer to his company headquarters in York.
Andy Bonner, of Morgans, says; “The lawn is a major feature. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s like having a bit of the countryside in the city.”