THE scorching weather that turned this green, springy turf into a bank of something closely resembling shredded wheat might be long gone, but it has given Swansea Council a lingering headache.
A bouncy carpet of new grass was laid on the seafront earlier this month, only to end up a shrivelled and desiccated eyesore after a short hot spell.
The heat-related shrink back left gaps of up to 12cms between browning turf sections — not a good look for the council's new showpiece seafront scheme. And within little more than a week of the turf going down it was ripped up and replaced by shrubs, which will hopefully be hardier survivors of our very changeable weather.
The work on the seafront, within sight of the Civic Centre, has involved the re-aligning of a cycle and a seafront footpath, a new wall and some landscaping. It has been widely welcomed by both pedestrians and by cyclists and it comes in at the edges of a multimillion-pound project to create a new boulevard approach into the city and along Oystermouth Road.
It is the first part of the scheme to see any green landscaping and it isn't known how much that work has cost.
A Swansea Council spokesman said it was all just a bit of a mix-up on the part of contractors: "The turf to the west of the Civic Centre was laid in error by the landscape sub-contractor. There is no cost to the Council and the shrubs which should have been planted there instead are now in place.
"This work is part of the Waterfront Connections scheme that's improved links between the city centre and the waterfront for pedestrians and cyclists.
"The scheme has also included the re-opening of Paxton Street tunnel, new and improved pathways leading to the promenade, and the widening of the footway between the LC and west of the Civic Centre."