Renault is proud to have created one of the most eco-friendly gardens at the 2012 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.
The inspiration for the Renault garden comes from its own electric vehicle range and the new Renault Twizy and Kangoo Van Z.E. will be showcased at the famous and historical event, which runs from July 3 to 8 near Kingston upon Thames.
Andy Heiron, Head of Electric Vehicles Renault UK, said: “As keen gardeners will appreciate, you reap what you sow, so it is important we find new ways to look after our future. Renault understands that vehicles now need to emit less, make less noise and use energy more efficiently – that’s why we created our 100% electric Z.E. range.
“The development of electric vehicles is now a necessity. The Z.E. range offers eco-responsible mobility without compromising performance or comfort. Step into the age of electric and come and see our eco-friendly garden!”
Renault’s environmentally sensitive garden showcases everything you need to make a garden greener – from recycled tyre planters to the extraordinary permeable driveway that helps natural, sustainable drainage, and from solar powered lights to a water butt.
The garden also comes with its own charging solution from British Gas, which makes home charging neat and simple and puts the Va Va Voom into the electric vehicles.
And it’s not just the eco-extras in the garden that are environmentally friendly – all the plants are too. Individually chosen by designer Tom Harfleet, each has its own planet preserving purpose and that’s exactly the philosophy that drives the Z.E. range.
The Renault Twizy is 100% electric and 100% Va Va Voom – no other vehicle on the road offers so many smiles per hour. While the Kangoo Van Z.E, the International Van of the Year, can carry seriously heavy loads without weighing heavily on the environment.
Along with its own garden, Renault is also sponsoring the Conceptual Garden category – where space is the only limiting factor. Designers enjoy free rein to create whatever their imagination can conjure up, giving visitors a visual and intriguing treat of innovative art and horticulture.
This year, stories of survival, conservation and human inequality are some of the inspirational sources of the eight gardens. Matthew Childs, who has designed ‘Light at the end of the tunnel’, uses his life-changing experience of being injured at Edgware Road station in the 7/7 London bombings of 2005 to create a garden of hope and recovery.
Christine Cottrell (Graduate Landscapes Ltd) tackles the issue of dyslexia in her ‘Garden for DA (Dyslexia Action), flame-coloured plants are used in ‘Uprising’ by Daniel Shea, while personal emotions of shock, fear, shame, anger and despair are called on by Jo Hanslip (Jardinissta Landscape & Garden Design) in her garden inspired by the recession.