Wimbledon and The Open

It’s starting to look a lot like summer, well, an English summer! But none the less we’ve managed to have a few family barbeques this year! It is great to be out in our garden, admiring my freshly cut lawn and making the most of the dry afternoons. After a few too many burgers, we just about managed a nice family walk around our town too, to walk off our BBQ feast.

You can’t help but want to be outside and active at this time of year, especially with events like Wimbledon and The Open plastered everywhere in the media. Seeing everyone with their sunglasses on, strawberries and cream in hand sitting on Henman Hill (Or Murray Mound, whichever you prefer to call it!) you can’t help but want to join everyone else out in the sun. I’m admiring Wimbledon’s green grass too, not to mention the entire course up at Royal Birkdale…

With the weather heating up, you can’t help but notice everyone else who wants to be out in the sun, and I’m not just talking about humans. We noticed several creepy crawlies out on our walk with the kids, most of which are pretty harmless – and important for biodiversity – but not appropriate to see overgrown weeds and cracked pavements. Naturally, the less weeds on the local pavements the less pests we tend to see, and eliminating weeds in these sorts of areas is crucial. In keeping with The Amenity Forum’s Golden Rules, whilst it is important to protect the ground from pests and disease, it is equally important ensure the public is not at risk from any chemicals and pesticides used in the process.

If the grounds at The Open and Wimbledon (including Henman Hill!) weren’t maintained to the highest of standards with public health in mind, we perhaps wouldn’t see increasing numbers of sporting fans visiting these venues to appreciate both the sport and the ground maintenance! The whole thing is just taken for granted…

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