Product / system manufacture
Product / system supply
North East England
The Ripon Race Company Ltd
Amberol self-watering window boxes
Ripon Racecourse is known as Yorkshire’s ‘Garden Racecourse’ and has been named ‘Best Small Racecourse in the North’ by the Racegoers Club several times over the last few years.
In addition to staging exciting horse racing meetings, having attractive grounds and vibrant floral displays is an important part of Ripon’s success with the public.
However, a large amount of water was required to keep the displays blooming and in addition, when the planters were watered, water run-off would fall to lower levels and create a slip hazard.
Head Groundsman Carl Tonks wanted to be able to create great displays that were also easy to maintain.
Amberol supplied self-watering window boxes for the project. These were affixed to the balcony levels of the racecourse grandstand building.
“We found Amberol by searching online,” Carl Tonks explained. “We liked the look of their products and the self-watering facility, so we decided to invest in the self-watering window boxes, some of which are located above signage in the main grandstand promoting us as the Garden Racecourse. In fact, I’d say that the Amberol window boxes really help us live up to that reputation.”
“We now use around one seventh of the water that we previously used to maintain the displays. In addition, because of the in-built water reservoir, we no longer have run-off which previously was dirtying the areas below and causing a slip hazard. Watering less frequently has also reduced our labour and associated costs. The planters are very robust as well as sustainable, and have proved to be a real problem-solver.”
Ripon Racecourse has a long history of success in the annual Yorkshire in Bloom competition with the Amberol planters now playing an important part.
“We regularly receive a Gold award in the competition,” explains Carl. “The judges often comment on how good the planters look, combined with positive feedback about the sustainability feature. Also, most clients mention the planters as they really help us to create the wow factor around the racecourse.”
“With Amberol’s help we have been able to resolve an issue that had caused health and safety problems in the past, with the added bonus of being more cost effective in both the short and long term. We are delighted with the impact that Amberol’s products help us to create, and with the clear environmental benefits which underpin the company’s whole ethos.”