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A Literature Review of the Environmental and Health Benefits of Turf in draft form by Dr Ross Higginson and Peter McMaugh

K Martin Health benefits of turf and parks 13 July 2011

Think before you remove your lawn – Benefits of Green Spaces

Report: Value Of Green Space

The benefits of contact with nature for mental health and well-being

Density and greenspace access in SEQ

Role of Turf in Environmental Protection – Beard and Green

Turf grasses play a critical role in the general health and welfare of our nation and as a result of increasing urbanisation and deforestation; they are becoming more and more important for human health. Turf is not only a major source of beauty and comfort in our lives but also a cleansing answer to our environment.

THE BENEFITS OF TURF GRASS CAN BE SUMMARISED AS FOLLOWS:

FUNCTIONAL

  • Low cost surfaces
  • Physical health
  • Mental health
  • Safety cushion
  • Spectator entertainmen
  • Playing fields/sport

RECREATIONAL

  • Soil erosion control
  • Dust prevention
  • Rain water entrapment
  • Ground water recharge
  • Solar heat dissipation
  • Glare reduction
  • Chemical/pollutant filtering
  • Air pollution control
  • Fire prevention

DID YOU KNOW…

 

Parliament House in Canberra was purposefully designed with turf on the roof for three reasons. Firstly, for people to stand above parliament rather than parliament above the people. Secondly, to help reduce noise. But most importantly, because of its insulating qualities. The turf helps keep Parliament House cooler. When measures were taken on a 330C day, the surface temperature of the adjacent granite paving was 520C and the turf surface was 280C. Temperatures underneath the turfed roof slab were a stable 230C. Imagine the energy bill savings!

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