The New Lawn

The New Lawn is a football stadium located in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, England. It has a capacity of 5,147 and has been the home of Forest Green Rovers F.C. since 2006. It replaced the Lawn Ground as Forest Green Rovers’ home stadium and is expected to be replaced by a new stadium development located near the M5 motorway. The New Lawn employs a number of eco-friendly features designed to help make the stadium one of the most environmentally sustainable football stadiums in the world. The playing surface features as the world’s first organic football pitch, while solar panels on the roof of the stadium as well as outside will eventually provide enough electricity to power 25 per cent of the stadium. The pitch also collects rainwater to be recycled around the stadium and all waste cooking oil at the club is recycled into biofuel. The club introduced a solar powered ‘MowBot’ in April 2012 which cuts the grass on the pitch and uses GPS technology to automatically guide it round the pitch without the need for human intervention. It is the first solar powered robotic lawn mower to be used on a football pitch in British football. Local farmers use the grass cuttings from the stadium to condition their soil plus the stadium is the first meat-free football stadium in the country after the club changed to an environmentally sustainable menu in February 2011.

Location: Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, England

Public Transport: Stroud station, and then get the number 63 bus from Stroud town centre. Please note that the last service on the 63 bus is around 8pm, Monday to Friday, so it will not get you back from mid-week games.

Capacity: 5,141

Official Tickets: https://www.fgr.co.uk/tickets/match

The Lawn Ground

The Lawn Ground, also located in Nailsworth was the home of Forest Green Rovers FC from 1890 to 2006. The ground was located at the top of a steep hill in the hamlet of Forest Green and had a total capacity of 5,141 people. Forest Green matches drew approximately 1,000 spectators on average at the Lawn Ground. Until the 1950s, the Lawn was little more than an open field, but the Rovers’ success required upgrades to the stadium. At this point, terraces were constructed for fans and a “famously partial leveling of the pitch” occurred. The Lawn Ground was demolished and turned into housing after the club moved into the new, modern The New Lawn Stadium.

Location: Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, England

Demolished: 2006

Capacity: 5,141

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