turf, sod, sward, greensward
Meaning: surface layer of ground containing a mat of grass and grass roots
At the foot there was a smooth stretch of green sward.
No longer looking listlessly around, he sate stooping forward, his eye carefully scanning the sward, over a wide space on both sides of the path he was pursuing.
There before their eyes, set in the centre of a great green sward, fringed by tall elms and giant beeches, rises the vast fabric of the thirteenth-century Cathedral, its high spire piercing the skies in which rooks are for ever circling and calling.