Nottinghamshire's Gedling Borough Council has taken delivery of the first Elmow all-electric pedestrian greensmower to be supplied anywhere in the world by its British designer and manufacturer, Allett.
Based at Arnot Hill Park, Arnold, East Midlands, the 20in fine-cut mower is now being used to maintain a bowling green situated less than 100m from the civic offices, located also within the 8ha public park, winner of a prestigious Green Flag award for the past four years.
Terry Ball, one of four Parks and Street Care supervisors with Gedling Borough Council, explained that the mower had been spotted initially at the 2010 IOG Saltex exhibition. "The principal of an all-electric machine fits extremely well with the council's vision of making the borough a healthy, green, safe and clean place to live, work and visit," he said. "The Elmow is very low noise, has minimal vibrations and produces no emissions at the place of work."
Following discussions between the Parks and Street Care supervisors and their manager, Melvyn Cryer, Allett was asked to bring the Elmow mower to a special environmental open day held by Gedling Borough Council last November when a variety of cleaner and greener vehicles, machines and working methods were shown to councillors and other staff members. The result was the ordering of an Elmow mower specifically for use in the Council's flagship open green space at Arnot Hill Park.
Powered by a 24 volt, 42Ah gel-type battery, the Allett Elmow has a 510mm (20in) cutting unit equipped with a 120mm (4.7in) diameter, 10-bladed cutting cylinder and powered turf groomer as standard. The battery pack gives up to two hours operation from fully-charged which, says Terry Ball, is ideal for regular mowing of bowling greens close to a club house and re-charging point.
"The green is used primarily by Arnold Park Bowls Club and is normally cut three times a week, depending on weather and growth conditions," explained Terry. "All of the council's fine turf crew received detailed training from Allett in setting, operating and maintaining the mower, enabling any of the team to use the machine. It has been very well received by all and will play an important part in making Gedling quieter, cleaner, safer and greener."
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