Britain’s best lawn is in a back garden in Bolton, the judges of a prestigious national competition have decided.
Keith Chuck’s luscious lawn rivals many a top Premiership pitch, thanks to daily attention from his friend Danny Hibbert.
Keith was announced this week as the owner of Britain’s Best Lawn 2016, a competition run by petrol engine manufacturer for garden equipment, Briggs & Stratton. Mr Chuck joins an elite list of passionate lawn owners who have received the award over the past 11 years.
Keith, a keen gardener, meticulously maintains his garden and wanted to ensure that his lawn – which he believes to be the focal point of any garden – matched the high standard of the rest of his plot. Both Keith and Danny are big football fans so they set upon creating a Premiership pitch in the back garden. Danny, who has 17 years of lawn knowledge and expertise behind him, classes himself as a bit of a turf expert.
Seven years later, Danny now maintains the lawn for Keith and treats it as his own, visiting every single day in the height of summer to give it a daily mow – sometimes twice a day.
The competition judges were impressed by Danny and Keith’s rigorous maintenance regime and hard work which has produced amazing stripes on a high quality and healthy lawn that is entirely weed free.
Danny Hibbert said: “When Keith told me about the competition I knew we had to enter so it’s amazing to have won. I’ve been interested in lawns since I was a teenager but don’t have one of my own to look after so I treat Keith’s like it’s mine!”
Ian Small, head judge and sales and marketing manager for Briggs & Stratton UK, said: “The lawn is amazing, and there isn’t a weed in sight! Each year we set out with Britain’s Best Lawn to find passionate and dedicated lawn enthusiasts, and this duo are certainly that.”
The prizes include a Platinum Limited Edition Harrier 41 Autodrive lawnmower from Hayter, a selection of lawncare tools from Wilkinson Sword and a £150 voucher to spend in their local garden centre.
For more information about Britain’s Best Lawn please visit the competition website