National Trust Bodnant Garden and its electric robot. Natural next step? Ask Ernie!

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One man went to mow, went to mow a meadow. Having a go with the tethered controller. Ernie the iMow won’t work without the perimeter wire in place around the boundary unless you override it.

Its been a busy few weeks hence the lack of blogs. On Monday I was over in Bodnant Garden with Adam Salvin the assistant Head Gardner meeting Ernie. Ernie is the electric robot mower (iMow) being trailed at the world-famous garden. An electric mower which will be left to its own devices for weeks on end. We set the parameters and bury a perimeter cable and off he goes. If it rains its stays in, if there is an obstacle it goes round it, it goes out once a day by itself, it charges up its self, it parks itself and the list goes one. Why I hear you ask do we need one? There is a complicated piece of lawn in the garden that takes longer to fetch and keep the mower and then goes round and round and takes more than a much bigger patch of lawn. I am interested in the environmental side as well. How much energy will it use? Whats the whole life cost? The site will be installing the perimeter cable in the next week or so.  Ernie will then free to roam by its self.

Bodnant shifting to electrical equipment in a big way. the two stoke may be a thing of the past in the near future. Bodnant is growing the fuel on site with its PV

Bodnant shifting to electrical equipment in a big way. The two stoke engine may be a thing of the past in the near future. Bodnant is growing the fuel on site with its PV

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