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Husqvarna and Kew Gardens celebrate year since partnership began

by | 19 Jun 24 | Commercial Landscaping, Grounds Maintenance, Supplier News, Sustainability

Teaming up with the Royal Botanical Garden, Kew, in 2023, Husqvarna returned to assess the progress of its three commercial robotic lawn mowers.

The two Husqvarna Automower® 550 EPOS robotic mowers and one Husqvarna Automower® 535AWD robotic mower were installed and have since assisted the Kew team in overcoming multiple challenges previously faced using traditional machinery.

Husqvarna celebrate the success of its partnership with Kew, with its horticulturists enjoying the benefits of Husqvarna’s commercial robotic solutions over the past 12 months.

Simon Toomer, curator of living collections at Kew, says, “We have really seen the benefits the robotics have brought to RBG, Kew over the past year, and the team has embraced the change.

“Making the transition has provided a lot more consistency in terms of the grassland and lawn management in the different areas we have been running them in.”

Before the partnership, one of our biggest barriers was achieving that continuous and consistent cut and Kew is always looking for ways in which it can make better use of the horticulturists’ time, “so Husqvarna’s robotics felt like a no-brainer,” says Toomer.

Husqvarna and Kew both share ambitious sustainability goals, and the introduction of electric autonomous mowers has significantly reduced carbon emissions when compared to petrol counterparts that were previously used, as well as reducing cost and noise emissions.

Yvette Henshall-Bell, president of Husqvarna Forest and Garden Division says, “It’s been a privilege to work closely with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew as such a respected horticultural institution, and it’s great to know the benefits that we have been able to offer the horticulturists working hard to maintain one of the most diverse living collections in the world.”

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