RHS garden chooses Vynagrip matting for safe public walkways | Plastex

Vynagrip delivers slip resistance in busy nursery

When slippery floors forced Glasshouse Nurseries to cancel their guided tours, they sought out heavy-duty matting that would remain slip resistant in wet conditions.

The problem

The Royal Horticultural Society’s Glasshouse Nurseries in Wisley, UK, is a vast garden comprising of a glasshouse with three climatic zones, a learning space and a growing lab. It’s also the second most visited paid entry garden in the United Kingdom. The RHS had become concerned that the original rubber matting had become slippery due to the heat, humidity and large volumes of water needed for nurturing the tropical plants. They needed new slip resistant matting that would cope in a challenging environment, plus withstand high levels of pedestrian and wheeled traffic.

The checklist

  • Withstands wet and humid environments
  • Provides grip underfoot for both pedestrians and service trolleys
  • Quickly drains and dissipates water
  • Resistant to algae and mould
  • Available in one long continuous roll

The solution

We worked closely with Nick Morgan, the nursery’s manager, to test the effectiveness of different mats when placed in a humid environment. After several trials, Vynagrip was installed along the walkways, as well as the points of entry. The matting’s open grid means it can quickly drain large volumes of water, while the deep-etched surfaces delivers slip resistance even when soaking wet.
Made from non-porous PVC, Vynagrip is impermeable to mould, algae, oils and other chemicals, making it ideal for wet and humid environments like the Glasshouse Nursery. The two-layer construction provides comfortable cushioning, and the addition of a gently angled ramp welded to the edges of the mat facilitates the passage of carts and wheeled equipment.

At a glance


Royal Horticultural Society


Slip resistant walkway matting that can withstand wet and humid conditions, and is impermeable to mould and algae.


Wisley, UK

Product spotlight


Our number one defence against slippery environments, Vynagrip is a heavy-duty mat designed to withstand all kinds of workplace liquids.

Flexible formats

Choose from modules with ramped PVC edging or rolls in standard widths and 10m (33') lengths

Simple installation

Easy to cut on site; contours to uneven surfaces

Easy to maintain

No special cleaning tools needed; easy to clean with a high pressure hose

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“We’re really pleased with the matting and the way it has solved our problem. The previous mat was no longer safe for nursery staff and we had to stop the guided tours as it was a danger for the public. Vynagrip has changed all that. Regardless of how wet it gets, the staff are not slipping and we’re delighted that we have been able to resume the guided tours.”
Nick Morgan, manager, Glasshouse Nursery

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