Bosch Cordless mini-saw with NanoBlade technology.

After 5 years of research and development, Bosch Home and Garden introduce the new EasyCut 12. This is the world’s first cordless mini saw of its kind. The highly innovative product has been shortlisted for the RHS product of the year.

The EasyCut 12 is unique due to the Nano blade technology; the world’s first saw blade with a Micro chain with 44 teeth for a 65mm cutting depth, the blade alone as over 40 patents!

The Nano blades come lubricated so you don’t have to worry as the Nano blades are 100% maintenance free. This save time, so you are free to perform multi-functional sawing such as plunge cuts and free hand cuts, as well as sawing in 2 directions. The versatile functionality of the Easycut 12 allows cutting both indoors & outdoors such as in the Garden for tasks such as effortless pruning of trees and bushes.

Additionally, the EasyCut 12 is easy to use because the innovative Nano Blade technology ensures vibration free sawing! So you can be assured that the Easycut 12 will give you superior control and high levels of precision when cutting, this especially for when a straight cut is needed. Also, equipped with Bosch SDS, enables you to change the Nano blade without the need for additional tools such as bolts and Allen keys!

Equipped with Lithium-ion technology, you can be confident for no memory effect and no self-discharge. Its low weight of just 900 grams, and its’ outstanding ergonomic design ensures sawing is effortless for working with wood and plastic. The 12 V battery gives you maximum freedom of movement and enables you to achieve high precision at all times when working in the garden or when performing demanding applications. Complex projects are also no problem with the EasyCut 12 because its battery offers more runtime per battery charge thanks to the Bosch Syneon Chip. Thanks to the Syneon Chip, the Easycut 12 always provides optimum power and maximum endurance in demanding tasks such as when sawing dense wood.

The Easycut 12 is the latest member of our 12 Volt power for ALL family, which has wide range of products to suit your DIY and Garden needs from drills, sanders, to grass trimmers. This means that you can grow your existing tool collection by buying baretools. You can use your 12V battery from the Easycut 12 on a range of 12V Bosch home and garden tools which can save you money.

Rasa zero-emission hydrogen car centrepiece in first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

Visitors attending the first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in Bakewell, from June 7-11, could be forgiven for initially thinking a sporty, little two-seater car looks out of place displayed in a garden titled ‘RHS Garden for a Changing Climate’.

But the Riversimple ‘Rasa’ is no ordinary car. It runs on hydrogen, emits no pollution and has been created by a Welsh car maker, which is revolutionising the motor industry by adopting a circular business model – promoting sustainable mobility and less waste.

Riversimple founder Hugo Spowers said: “We are delighted to be working with the RHS to help encourage discussion among visitors about ways to tackle climate change and to reduce pollution levels. These are some of the biggest problems facing our modern world. It is also exciting to see technology around green cars and infrastructure developing at such a rapid pace, offering people sustainable mobility in the near future.”

One of the garden designers, Andy Clayden said: “It is great to have this British design innovation in our ‘RHS Garden for a Changing Climate’. The Rasa is forward looking and emphasises sustainable use of resources, which is a key theme within the garden.”

The Rasa is currently believed to be the greenest car designed for ordinary road use and emits just water. It is the culmination of 15 years of research and development by a team that includes ex-F1 and aerospace engineers and was launched in spring 2016 to huge acclaim. It has a range of c.300 miles, refills in a few minutes and is powered by a small hydrogen fuel cell, as well as energy recaptured from braking.

The pioneering Welsh company is the only car maker to adopt a circular economy model, aiming to recover as much value as possible at the car’s end of life. In April, Riversimple announced its first crowdfunding round had exceeded its target of £1m and raised a final figure of £1,138,000 to match a €2million EU grant towards running a 12 month public trial of 20 hydrogen fuel cell cars. These will be hand-built and test driven by residents in Monmouthshire, Wales. This follows a £2million grant awarded by the Welsh government in 2015.

The ‘RHS Garden for a Changing Climate’, designed by Andy Clayden and Dr Ross Cameron of Sheffield University and RHS Scientist Eleanor Webster, shows a small suburban garden now, next to one in the year 2100. It highlights how suburban gardens could adapt to stormier weather patterns, increased rainfall and hotter, drier summers.

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show is expected to attract more than 85,000 visitors and will be set within the 1000-acre parkland of the Chatsworth Estate, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.

Urban Rain Garden will make a splash at Hampton Court Flower Show

Squire’s Garden Centres and Landform Consultants have joined forces to present a stunning contemporary garden at this year’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, which takes place 3rd-9th July 2017.

Called “The Urban Rain Garden” the concept is a garden designed to cope with climate change, and in particular the heavy downpours that we are experiencing in England, which can cause flash flooding and problems with drainage. The garden incorporates clever rainwater management techniques, so that all rainwater and run-off from the house is redirected, stored and used within the garden.

Designer Rhiannon Williams, who is just 23 years old said; “My inspiration came from my Masters studies at the University of Sheffield, where I was very lucky to be taught by Nigel Dunnett who is a world authority on rain gardens. I’ve always been keen to design spaces that are not only beautiful but functional as well, and The Urban Rain Garden embodies this, but also more importantly it demonstrates an easy way to adopt a more sustainable approach when it comes to rain water management.”

A really unusual feature of the design is that there is both a front and back garden with a walkway in-between. This allows show visitors a 360-degree view of the garden, giving it a very interactive feel.

The front garden includes a space for a compact car to park over a metal grate, below which is a storm water retention pond. The back garden features elements familiar to many residential gardens, including a patio, lawn, and an entertaining area.

Sarah Squire, Deputy Chairman at Squire’s commented; “I like the fact that the garden is both an affordable and sustainable design. Planting is zoned to deal with varying water levels within the garden. Very wet areas contain plants like Irises down to dry zones at the end of the garden, containing plants like Salvia, Achillea, and Ornamental Grasses. Structural shrubs and trees provide a sense of enclosure, and there’s colourful planting for summer impact when the space will be used for entertaining.

Nigel Dunnett, Professor of Planting Design & Urban Horticulture at the University of Sheffield said, “I was thrilled to learn that Rhiannon was taking on her first major show garden at RHS Hampton Court this year. I think that her design is inspired and will truly capture the public’s imagination. There are many elements that can be adopted for our own spaces and some of the solutions that she offers to cope with our changing climates are truly innovative.”

The Urban Rain Garden is in the new RHS category “Gardens for a Changing World”, which reflects the more sustainable direction that gardening is taking worldwide. You can visit the garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show from 3rd-9th July.

NEW FINANCE DIRECTOR AT MR FOTHERGILL’S SEEDS

Phil Hurst has joined Mr Fothergill’s as Finance Director. He comes to the Suffolk seedsman from the food group Hain Daniels where he was Financial Controller. This followed spells at Molton Brown and Activity Superstore.

After being a couple of weeks into the role, Phil said: “Mr Fothergill’s is clearly a very well run business and has clear goals and objectives. I am looking forward to contributing to future growth plans.”

In his life beyond spreadsheets and graphs, Phil enjoys travelling and has clocked up visits to 27 countries. He also runs home beer festivals for friends and family and admits to being a Spurs supporter.