The popular pastime of relaxing in the garden listening to all the neighbours cutting their grass at the same time is set to become a more harmonious experience. Sonic environmental group the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) has launched a campaign to adjust the audible spectrum of lawnmowers such that they are in tune with each other.
The campaign’s aim is to create a more soothing soundscape than the current discordant notes of electric hovers and petrol-driven cylinders clashing so horribly. Indeed, the jarring din of a Flymo and a Hayter competing to be heard above each other was said to be the inspiration for thrash metal band Lawnmower Deth.
It is believed that some mower manufacturers are interested in the proposal although Qualcast have already expressed their resistance to the idea, much to the disappointment of NAS. ‘All makes and models of lawnmower need to be sonically coherent otherwise the problem will not go away‘ explained NAS spokesman Peter Wakham. ‘And we really don’t want to start yet another demonstration against Concorde.’