Photo by David Noble (flickr username rogbi200)
I love to sit and relax in the front yard chatting with my neighbors, while my kids run around on the grass with their friends. Last year my HOA fined me for leaving my lawn chairs outside. Apparently, I have the wrong kind. The right kind isn't in my budget. So, this year, I have nowhere comfortable to sit, but what if I grew my own lawn chairs, like the ones in England?
Well, I'm sure my HOA would still not allow it. However, in England The National Trust of Great Britain has planted 10 giant grassy sofas for everyone to share. Why? To encourage people to spend more time outdoors, instead of indoors watching TV. According to the National Trust website, "Families spend up to 43 hours a week on the sofa" (National Trust). "The National Trust is a nonprofit research group as well as a historic building and land conservancy. The trust was founded in 1897 in reaction to the growing industrialization of England" (Inhabitat).
Each sofa is part of a living room set. The other part of the set is a giant grassy coffee table. Each giant grassy living room is made completely with natural materials: grass and straw. The biggest sofa is the biggest reaching a giant eight meters in diameter.
If in England (visiting or living), you can find the giant sofas here: 1. Plas Newydd, Wales, 2. Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire, 3. Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, 4. Gibside, Tyne & Wear, 5. Kingston Lacey, Dorset, 6. Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood, Derbyshire, 7. Uppark House & Garden, Sussex, 8. Osterley Park & House, London, 9. Rowallane Garden, Northern Ireland, 10. Packwood House, Warwickshire, 11. Lanhydrock, Cornwall and 12. Wembury Point, Devon. If you visit don't forget to whip out your camera, use your family and friends as props, snap pictures and then submit your digital pictures to the National Trust's photo stream on flickr.
Personally, I think this is a great idea and I hope the idea takes off all over the world. For more information about this comfy green innovative idea visit the National Trust of Great Britain website here.