Grass seed origin options
The following notes explain our practical policy of matching origin to use and the additional options that may be available. (The sections are numbered to make it easier to refer to these options in any correspondence or requests you may put to us).
2.1 For most landscape applications the only practical strategy is to use an appropriate combination of wild origin grasses and amenity varieties. The reasons for this are:
• When carefully chosen, amenity varieties of grasses have equivalent growth form to wild forms: many are derived without alteration from wild populations. (This is not generally the case with agriculturally bred forms eg of Ryegrass and Cocksfoot)
• True wild origin grasses cost many times more to produce as they do not have the economies of scale associated with internationally traded grass seeds - most schemes cannot justify this additional cost, or the money is better spent on wild flowers.
• Supplies of wild origin grass are very limited.
• Large volumes of amenity grass seeds are sown in landscape contexts every year; their use in wild flower mixtures, if not ideal, has minimal environmental impact.
2.2 In our standard mixtures we use British native wild origin grass seed where possible and where no suitable amenity forms exist. Otherwise we use the most appropriate amenity varieties available.
2.3 We do have limited stocks of wild origin grasses for most key species which may be specified for special schemes subject to availability. The price of genuine wild origin stocks are generally 10 times that of commercial grass sources.
2.4 For botanically sensitive projects there is the option, as with wild flowers, for us to contract grow and supply seed produced from wild collections made in your locality