It’s widely accepted that investing in public open space is a priority, for both the NSW Government and private enterprises. Accessible and enjoyable outdoor spaces support better outcomes for everyone with benefits to health and wellbeing, community connection, as well as boosting NSW’s economic productivity through the delivery of new projects.
However, different activities can create extra pressure on public open spaces, and to accommodate this synthetic grass surfaces are sometimes considered in place of natural grass. The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has undertaken a study on the benefits and limitations of the use of synthetic turf surfaces in public open spaces.
When considering synthetic turf vs natural grass for your next project, the below framework may prove useful in deciding which surface meets all the necessary cost, performance and amenity requirements.
Durability and consistency of the chosen surface material
Cost considerations: capital outlay and ongoing maintenance
This article references the NSW Government’s ‘Synthetic Turf Study in Public Open Space Report’. This report is available to download in full on the NSW Department of Planning and Environment website.
For further information on synthetic turf performance and varieties that can stand up to the requirements of open space projects, get in touch with the team at Preferred Turf or take a look at our range of specialty synthetic turf products.
At Preferred Turf, we strive to build and maintain positive customer relationships and uphold our preferred supplier status across various industries. Our family-owned and operated business has been supplying and installing commercial, education and sporting projects across NSW for decades. Our expansive collection of synthetic grass and landscaping products combined with precision installation and service has earned us a reputation for our quality and customer satisfaction.