LANDSCAPED gardens in Gibraltar feature grass grown on the outskirts of York following another export deal for Inturf.

Turf produced by the Wilberfoss-based business now forms the centre-piece of a new park on Gibraltar.

The new Commonwealth Park includes a publicly accessible grassed area of 4000 square metres – a landscaping first for Gibraltar.

Talking about the complexities of the order, Alex Edwards, joint managing director at Inturf said: “As well as producing the turf at our Yorkshire turf farm the challenge was to deliver it field fresh to Gibraltar, which is a four days drive away.

“To help the turf establish in such challenging conditions we incorporated TerraCottem into the substrate to improve water retention and the accessibility of nutrients in the soil.”

Four refrigerated vehicles made the journey which included negotiating the border and customs control with Spain since, while the territory is part of the EU, it is not part of the EU Trade Agreement.

Praising the Inturf team, Jeremy Roberts, site manager for Gibraltar Joinery and Building Services (JBS) who constructed the park, said: “Inturf were professional and efficient at every stage, “The turf and installation crew arrived bang on time and acclimatised very quickly to lay the turf exactly to schedule.

“The turf is establishing nicely and we are on schedule for a public opening of the new park in the early summer.”Once the ground was prepared JBS turned to Inturf to deliver and install turf to a specification which would both withstand the anticipated pounding the sward would receive and deliver the aesthetic effect sought in the design concept. There is no tradition of grassed areas in public opens spaces on Gibraltar. Sports pitches, for example, are almost all of artificial turfthey arrived bang on time.”