What are you doing this summer? The National Trust of Great Britain says that the average English family is spending 43 hours each week at home on their sofa. Rather than scolding the population for such appalling behavior, the Trust is asking everyone to try out one of their freshly planted outdoor "living rooms". They have built ten wonderful oversized sofas and have placed them all over the UK to coax ‘wasters’ into getting out into the fresh air and sunshine this summer. Tea and biscuits in the greens anyone?
We have written about grassy love seats and other examples of literal lawn furniture before, but never at this scale, and for such a great cause. The National Trust conducted a survey on the habits of British families, and when they saw that the average family spent an average of 13 weeks each year on their sofas they decided to act — well, compromise.
To encourage the public to enjoy some time outdoors without leaving behind their creature comforts, the National Trust installed 10 larger than life sofas throughout England. Each sod sofa comes complete with a matching coffee table, creating an outdoor living room. The sofas are placed from downtown London to Northern Ireland, to the Trust’s own land on Wembury Point. With a little self-effacing humor the Brits can have their tea by the seaside, in the comfort of their familiar living room.