Glasgow Botanic Gardens now home to two robotic mowers

Glasgow Botanic Gardens is the latest high profile UK location to introduce Husqvarna Automower to its maintenance process, joining more places which are adopting robotic lawnmowing technology, designed to keep green spaces in perfect condition all year round.

Glasgow Botanic Gardens, located in the West End of Glasgow and managed by Glasgow City Council, is undeniably the finest garden in the city.

The green space covers 50 acres and is renowned internationally for its architecturally outstanding glasshouse, tropical plant collections and rose gardens.

To add to the already impressive location, Glasgow City Council has recently installed two Husqvarna Automower robotic lawn mowers, to ensure beautiful results are delivered to the Garden’s lawns all year round.

The battery-powered robotic lawnmowers work throughout the night, from 10pm to 10am, and are quiet enough to mow lawns without disturbing anyone. The results are already impressing many, with lawns looking well-kept as a result of the machines working for 12 hours each night and even throughout rainy weather. The grass has maintained a consistent length and the quality has significantly improved.

Husqvarna Automower uses a random cutting pattern, ensuring the grass is always cut in different directions, giving lawns a lush, carpet-like appearance. To ensure the lawn appearance is maintained, the mowers can also use the patented guide wire system to vary the way they find the charge station. This system is extremely effective and efficient, and also prevents track marks which can build up over time impacting the lawn aesthetic. The environmentally friendly robotic lawn mowers are designed to cut little and often, recycling the micro-clippings back into the soil to act as a natural fertiliser, meaning Glasgow Botanic Garden’s lawns are now healthy and green to match its beautiful surroundings.

Assistant Group Manager at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Gavin Jackson, commented: “I’m a big fan of Husqvarna Automower due to its green credentials. The battery-powered lawnmowers produce no direct harmful emissions and are near silent, which is ideal as Glasgow City Council are proactively working towards low emission zones and to reduce usage of loud machines in public spaces, with a commitment to be an environmentally-friendly city.”

Husqvarna Automower has freed up time for grounds staff at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, redeploying workers to focus on other important, tasks that the area requires to maintain its beauty - and the machines have also given grounds staff time to interact with people who visit the Gardens. Husqvarna Automower has also helped the Gardens save on fuel and fertilisers as a result of the robotic lawnmowers being extremely cost effective to operate.

UK Manager - Husqvarna Professional, Kevin Ashmore, commented: “Glasgow is another UK city with strong focus on its green & sustainable credentials coupled with a thirst for looking at future technologies to reach its goals. After hearing about the Automower success in Edinburgh they were keen to try it themselves at a high quality public site. They are doing a great and high quality job for both the city and visitors alike.”

Husqvarna has an impressive list of commercial installations across the UK to maintain popular green spaces, ranging from municipalities (Edinburgh, London & Glasgow), botanic gardens, multi-national headquarters, stately homes, sports facilities, zoos and educational establishments.

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