Tapestry Lawns

One of the aims of the Plants and Pollinator Policy is for 50% of lawns should be grass-free (tapestry) by 2021, where footfall is not high or sporting activities take place.

What is a Tapestry Lawn?

Winter 2019Spring 2020
Tapestry Lawn Feb 2020


In 1982, HRH Prince Charles of Wales pioneered the creation of sustainable wildflower meadows in the UK, collaborating with Dame Miriam Rothschild of Ashton Wold who provided the first seed mix containing 32 species, which can now be seen flourishing at Highgrove annually.

Here at the University of Leicester we are proud to continue this tradition and we have an extensive history, strong background and continuing legacy in botanical research and biodiversity development.

The Tapestry Lawns we are developing across our sites are a testament to the wildflower meadow research and development, which underpins the Universities drive to enhance our campus’s biodiversity, helping to create a more sustainable and impactful environment, within our city landscape, for future generations of native insects, birds and other wild creatures.

Tapestry lawn 1

Our lawns contain:

  • 2 x types of grasses
  • Over 32 flora species
  • A mix of bee and butterfly-friendly bulbs for spring and summer
  • 24 species of naturalised flowers
  • Tapestry Lawns will become a space whereby wildlife of all forms can seek a prosperous sustainable environment for all of us to enjoy. During the year, the Tapestry Lawn will go through many changes in its lifecycle, at various times throughout the year, and in the winter months it may appear somewhat unloved. We hope that you appreciate the ever changing visual impact that this will create, not only when the Tapestry Lawn is in full flower but also when it’s in dormant stages of growth.

    Regardless, you can be assured that the University's Gardens & Grounds Team actively tend to this area on a regular basis and work hard in maintaining this space for our ever growing rich wildlife habitat.

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