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In the textile town of Stroud, Gloucestershire, and in the dead of night less he be laughed at, a young engineer called Edwin Budding tried out his new invention of a mechanical grass cutter.
It was 1830. Until then, grass had been cut by hand scythes, but this was a time of growing prosperity with tennis and cricket becoming more popular. Within two years, Budding had perfected the design and sold his first manufacturing patent to Ransomes of Ipswich – and the world's first lawnmower became available.
Today Budding’s invention enables players and spectators around the world to enjoy sporting events contested on well-manicured turf. Tennis at Wimbledon, cricket at Lords, football at Wembley, golf at Augusta are all appreciated for their ‘green swards’.
At home, few features enhance the value of a house than a well-kept lawn. Budding’s invention led to a whole variety of lawnmowers – push mowers, electric mowers, battery mowers, mowers with petrol engines, hover mowers and even robotic mowers are all widely available.
The love of grass and the smell of freshly mown grass is universal. Grass is used in many applications, such as grass roofs or the time when Trafalgar Square was completely covered with turf and brought Londoners flocking to laze in the sun.
And did you know that the world's fastest lawnmower has been clocked at over 100 mph, or that lawnmower racing is a hotly contested pastime and has even attracted Grand Prix drivers such as Stirling Moss?