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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Natural Sofas

A National Trust survey shows that we are spending more of our time indoors. Apparently the average family spending up to 43 hours a week sat on their sofa, even during the summer months.

78 per cent of parents wanting to get out and enjoy the fresh air with their children but the research reveals that we are spending the equivalent of 13 weeks a year on the sofa. The West Midlands is the sofa-bound region at 50 hours a week, followed jointly by the North West and Yorkshire 47 hours a week.

In response the National Trust have have launched open-air sitting rooms to encourage families to get outdoors together this summer. The "rooms" are made from a base of straw, which has been watered and trimmed to size, and covered in a green grass blanket. Each room contains a natural coffee table and sofa. The biggest reaching eight metres in diameter.

If you want to go behind the scenes click this link.

You can find sofas at:

Plas Newydd, Wales
Little Moreton Hall, Cheshire
Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire
Gibside, Tyne & Wear
Kingston Lacey, Dorset
Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood, Derbyshire
Uppark House & Garden, Sussex
Osterley Park & House, London
Rowallane Garden, Northern Ireland
Packwood House, Warwickshire
Lanhydrock, Cornwall
Wembury Point, Devon


Ragged Robin said...

Sounds like a good excuse to visit Packwood - I'll take my book and lunch with me :D

Tricia Ryder said...

How amazing. And a cover of grass - that's so clever!

Sounds like Packwood and Osterley are worth a visit!