Friday, 29 June 2007

Cumberland Grass, Wimbledon & Shrimps

If you're a Wimbledon fan, we have a piece of fascinating local history to share with you. Our artificial grass factory is in Maryport, Cumbria and just up the road is the seaside town of Silloth, which faces Scotland across the Solway Firth.

Back in the 1920's it was Silloth that the Wimbledon groundsmen would call upon to supply new turf for the annual Wimbledon Tennis Championship. The grass was extra fine with a quality second to none, hence Cumberland (as it was then) acquired a first-class reputation for sports turf. What's more, the Silloth grass was in fact sea washed turf it and it's been said that when Wimbledon's new grass was delivered it often came with live shrimps embedded in it!

Today this area of Cumbria no longer supplies the hallowed Wimbledon turf but we feel we're playing our part in taking the tradition of providing quality grass for sports to a new level. Artificial grass is used for many sports including tennis and the grass produced in our factory is shipped out to many sporting facilities such as tennis clubs, soccer stadiums, five-a-side centres and schools throughout the UK and Europe.

Read more about our factory in Cumbria.
Watch the video of how we manufacture artificial grass.