One of the most popular leisure activities for the baby boomer generation is gardening. However for that generation; traditional gardening tools such as wheel barrows, buckets etc can be difficult to use. With age come ailments such as Osteoporosis and Arthritis; both of which can make gardening a chore rather than the pleasure it should be.
The challenge for Fripp Design and Research was to design a product which allowed anyone to enjoy their gardening; irrespective of their state of health.
Project GardenMate is a fusion of wheelbarrow, wheelie bin and trolley. It is designed on a similar principle to a golf trolley i.e. motion of the GardenMate is based around a single centre of gravity tipping point; negating the need to lift anything to move produce/garden waste etc from one place to another. Fripp Design and Research considers this to be the essential feature of the GardenMate; there is no lifting involved in manipulating the GardenMate at all; this is very important for those gardeners who suffer with physical difficulties.
Once establishing that the key function of Project GardenMate is to help gardeners move gardening produce/garden waste from one place to another; Fripp Design and Research looked at what other key features are required to help the gardener. These features include:
- The ability to use the GardenMate as a support to help gardeners to get up and down from the kneeling position
- The ability to use the GardenMate as a platform to work on potted plants etc
- Using the GardenMate to secure all gardening tools as the gardener moves round their garden
- Using the GardenMate as a bucket; without the need to have to hold awkward handles
- Using the GardenMate as watering accessory
In addition Project GardenMate has been designed to allow the up sale of a range of accessories such as:
- Adding an optional hose reel
- Adding a seeder
- Adding a watering can (this accessory is included with the model)
From a distribution perspective; Project GardenMate is a modular construction which can be flat packed minimising the retail space occupied.