Could we be pushed into not growing or having lawns for aesthetic reasons ?
Is there a growing movement towards this or some form of lawn 'property tax' to bolster the Government's coffer's ?
is this reality ?
Well, this 'idea' is now above the parapet - see here :
The ramifications ?
The benefits ?
The disadvantages ?
Your views ?
This article was published on guardian.co.uk at 21.56 BST on Friday 6 April 2012. A version appeared on p48 of the Main section section of the Guardian on Saturday 7 April 2012. It was last modified at 00.07 BST on Saturday 7 April 2012.
Yes but the space could be used to grow vegatables or for more shrubs and perennials.
But it is not going to happen, so don't worry.
I'm all for natural lawns full of wild flowers etc but a tax on lawns is ridiculous and as john says, will never happen. Grass is better than concrete.
Correct me if i'm wrong but don't you need to water shrubs and vege's, put slug replelent down so sort of defeats the argument.
Maybe a better idea would be an education programme in the drought areas about grasses that do well in drought's so that they then need to use less water.
I don't believe it's a spammer article, as part of the article appears in phyiscal print in today's paper.
I think it is an ill-informed article but it's a good reason to debate, correct inaccuracies and pass views on it.
History shows other such stupid ideas have made it into law.....
I think Rich is pointing out that the article is packed with keywords and links trying to fool search engines.
It;s been unethically compiled....at least that's how I read it.
I think it is probably a solution to a problem that may occur in
the future if the greenhouse warming continues and the worlds economies
continue to struggle. The tax would force people to grow other things in
their garden and a good percentage of these could be vegetables. Look at what
Cuba managed to achieve when they had no alternative. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8213617.stm
Its just abit of Guardian waffle to stir up some debate and comments - its not serious, and may at most have some envy of people with big gardens by the author.
Total nonsense - If you tax lawns, you MUST tax Hard landscaping as this is 10x more damaging to the environment than a lawn...
Ok every one remove your grass like in the olden days when your windows were taxed.
Then when we start gettig to much rain, and there is no grass to drink it, all the water, that lands on everyones new laid driveways which take the place where the grass once laid, runs off in to the road and ends up flooding the sewer system.
Yep, agree. Would be an ill-thought out solution.
Similar to the Window Tax - which gave rise to tha famous saying ' Daylight Robbery' and the Fireplace Tax which resulted in "Money to burn"....
However, Governments have done stranger things..... ;-)
"cash for grass"
As the source is in The Grauniad Gary, I think it's safe to say that it is unlikely to become government policy.
Suspiciously close to April 1st chaps, maybe it was originally an April fool and the paper has picked it up and run with it a few days later.