What’s preferable – innovation or experience; a sense of history or looking to the future?
At Amberol we aim to combine all these elements by using the knowledge and expertise gained from 50 years in business to support the drive to create new, improved products to meet our customers’ changing needs.
Set up in 1969, Amberol is entering its 50th year of trading and both the company and our products have kept evolving. For example, the original version of absorbent matting that forms the base of our self-watering planters has been developed with experience and more advanced materials to create a matting that gives first-rate capillary action and dispersal to plant roots. The very first Amberol self-watering planters rolled off the production line in the 1970s.
Since then, we have constantly expanded our range at the same time as looking to improve our products. Our 50th year is no different - as we move towards 2019, we have new planters, as well as new versions of old favourites in the pipeline ready to celebrate our 50th anniversary. One of the most successful new products launched in recent years includes the stone-effect trough which looks just like stone but weighs (and costs) a fraction of the real thing – and with similar durability. Perfect for bringing a classic heritage feel to a space or place, the stone trough is the ideal companion to our popular wood effect barrel range. Our wicker hanging baskets are also a popular and highly effective choice of self-watering planter.
In fact, the summer of 2018 proved the perfect test for Amberol’s self-watering planters’ claim to fame of needing watering no more than once or twice a week even in the hottest weather. Experiencing one of the warmest and driest summers for decades, customer feedback demonstrated that Amberol self-watering planters can deal with pretty much any extreme of the unpredictable British weather. One customer, Andy Jefferson of Godalming Town Council told us: “Having chosen 2018 to launch ‘Floral Godalming’, we have started in probably the hottest summer since 1976. However, we are still only watering the planters every five days and the floral displays are superb.”
Although best known for our self-watering planters which can be seen in hundreds of public places across Great Britain (and as far afield as America), Amberol also make and supply a range of litter bins that can be seen outside some of the UK’s most iconic public buildings such as the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament. In fact, since we started manufacturing and supplying litter bins in 1990, our range has expanded to include recycling bins, our eye-catching bird and animal bins and even talking litter bins!
Have you visited the Amberol website recently? If not, now would be a good time to take a fresh look as we are delighted to announce some changes. In fact, the whole website has had a bit of an exciting makeover to mark the start of a new decade.
With the Great British Spring Clean 2020 officially launched in January, momentum for the annual initiative is starting to build. This year’s event runs from 20th March to 13th April and the aim is to make the 2020 campaign even bigger and better. In 2019, over half a million volunteers were involved in everything from litter picks to individual litter pledges. This year the campaign’s target is to involve at least 600,000 people.
One of the many advantages of using containers for planting rather than traditional flower beds is the versatility that containers can offer. Planters can be relocated with relative ease to enhance a specific space or fit in with a particular theme, offering great potential for the imaginative Britain in Bloomer, horticulturalist or gardener.