Aerodrome Runways (Grass Seeds)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Forge – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 1945.

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Mr. E. P. Smith:

asked the Secretary of State for Air what mixture of grass seed has been sown in general on the mesh runways of aerodromes in South-Eastern England.

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

The mixture used was either one, or both, of two special mixtures to meet the requirements of this type of runway. With my hon. Friend's permission, I will circulate details in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Mr. Smith:

Is not couch grass sown on account of its binding qualities; and, if so, will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the fact that this land will take a long time to clear?

Photo of Sir Archibald Sinclair Sir Archibald Sinclair , Caithness and Sutherland

I can assure my hon. Friend that we have the very best available advice on the mixtures we use. Perhaps he will look at the list which I am circulating.

Following are the details:

  • Mixture A.
    • Perennial Rye Grass.
    • Smooth-stalked Meadow Grass.
    • Crested Dog's Tail.
    • New Zealand Browntop.
    • Timothy.
    • Yorkshire Fog.
  • Mixture B.
    • Perennial Rye Grass.
    • Fiorin.
    • Cocksfoot.
    • Wild White Clover (New Zealand).
    • Timothy.