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Monday, February 28

The First Lawnmower

"The fashion for the great sward, which required a dozen men constantly scything, was promoted by the 18th-century English designer Capability Brown for the oh-so-rich landed gentry. The invention of the lawn mower in 1832 enabled ordinary people to appropriate for themselves the lawn as a symbol of wealth and it has been with us ever since."
Highclere Castle with park lands designed by Capability Brown. Grazing sheep cropped the lawns, but they left behind droppings.

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