September 25th, 2016

Her Majesty the Queen praises Coventry University for innovative garden technology

Her Majesty the Queen praises Coventry University for innovative garden technology Her Majesty the Queen praises Coventry University for innovative garden technology

A COVETED accolade has been awarded to the team behind Coventry Univeristy’s ‘healthy gardeners’ showcase at the Chelsea Flower Show.

Coventry’s biomechanics experts – whose unique exhibit uses motion capture technology to show how gardening can be healthy – have won a bronze medal in the ‘discovery’ category, which focuses on the science behind growing plants.

The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) judges were not the only ones wowed by what they saw – academics Dr James Shippen and Dr Barbara May also met Her Majesty the Queen, HRH the Duke of Edinburgh and HRH the Princess Royal.

The high-tech piece of kit, which is similar to gadgetry used in Hollywood to create characters like Gollum, is being showcased at the show this week as part of a collaboration with the RHS to research which tools and methods help gardeners improve their health.

Dr Shippen, from the university’s centre for mobility and transport, said: “It’s a great honour to have been recognised in this way by the Royal Horticultural Society’s judges.

“We arrived in the morning to find our award certificate on our stand, which was a lovely surprise.

“I don’t think many universities can boast a medal from the Chelsea Flower Show.

“We’ve had a wonderful time so far showing green-fingered guests of all ages how gardening can be good for you.

“We have also attracted interest from a number of industrial organisations including garden tool manufacturers, manual handling companies and horticultural magazines.

“I don’t anticipate any more visits from Her Majesty the Queen, but who knows – she did seem quite impressed with the work being done to promote gardening as a healthy activity.”

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