Chelsea Flower Show 2017

BinDock is getting a very warm welcome as part of Nigel Dunnett's garden for the RHS at Chelsea Flower Show 2017. The 'Greening Grey Britain' garden looks at solutions for climate change and rapid urban development.

"It's a vision for the future. About how we can really pack our green spaces - our gardens - even in the most constricted small scale spaces with so much life and richness, but also make it beautiful and functional" Nigel Dunnet.
Red Bindock at Chelsea Flower Show 2017

BinDocks and PlantLocks at Ecobuild

The Front Yard Company shared a stand at EcoBuild 2017 with our sister company Green Roof Shelters Ltd. Green Roof Shelters make richly biodiverse living roofs and innovative habitat cladding a key part of their small to medium scale buildings. It was great to see the range of designs, from both companies, contributing a big splash of green to the show. 

We had some lovely feedback and conversations with a wide range of visitors. From those interested in PlantLock and BinDock for their garden; community projects wanting to know more about funding opportunities we can help with; as well as businesses enthusiastic at the potential for cycle parking, bin stores and trolley shelters with a real ecological heart!

Right to Work

Since many projects involving people with learning difficulties feature gardening and horticulture, we've always believed there was a link between PlantLocks and the training opportunities of planting and maintenance, that can also bring the organisations at least a small revenue stream.

South Downs National Park have ordered 40 PlantLocks for a variety of locations, as somewhere to lock your bike when in the café or shop.

These are being planted by members of the The Right to Work group (pictured) providing both paid and supported voluntary work for people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

photo:Veronika Moore

photo:Veronika Moore

PlantLocks internationally

We get a lot of requests for PlantLocks from the U.S, Australia and elsewhere in Europe.
At 25kgs each (unfilled obviously) they're expensive to freight internationally singly or for small no.s.

We've just dispatched 30 to Velo Cycles – a cafe and bikeshop in Melbourne, Australia. But as intrinsically heavy products, the ideal would be to establish local production...

Royal College Street planters – a new cycling scheme

LB Camden ordered 60 two metre planters for their flagship Royal College Street scheme, from us at the Front Yard Company. The planters are used as part of  'light touch separation' between vehicles and cyclists/pedestrians.

As well as the planters we also provided the planting. This focusses specifically on hardy plants that are good sources of nectar, for their wildlife and biodiversity value, as well as appeal to residents.

All part of our desire to both improve cycling and biodiversity in London.

Business Improvement Districts & cycle parking

Busting with marigolds!

Nice to come across these in Holborn as part of InHolborn's Business Improvement District's push towards better on-street cycle parking provision.

Thank you

Thank you to everyone for all your PlantLock photos - emailed, blogged...
 

PlantLocks for your bike when at work

Although designed for cyclists at home, PlantLocks are frequently to be found at workplaces around the country.

Better looking than sheffield stands, and a nicer way to start your day...

Always brings a smile to our faces

When we see planting like this! Sunflowers, courgettes and chard growing on a pavement in N London (these PlantLocks are outside Sargent & Co. Cycles). 

Which would you prefer?

A PlantLock or a Sheffield?
Beautiful planting by Two wheels Good in North London... 

PlantLock in Japan

Dan planting a PlantLock for Japanese national television (NHK) who were recording innovative cycling initiatives in London. Subsequently, the Mayor of Onomichi would like them for the city. We’ll post the video very soon...