Plantscape launches anti-ram raid planter

A planter capable of stopping ram-raiding vehicles and suicide bombers has been developed by Plantscape, a leading UK supplier of floral features.

The Derbyshire-based company has successfully tested the latest version of its self-watering planter to the BSI PAS 68 standard after it withstood horizontal impact tests involving a 2.5-ton Toyota pick-up travelling at 40mph.

Crucially, the planter was unmoved by the impact, but it did spill its contents of compost and primulas. Though the planter sustained some damage, it fared better than the Toyota, which stopped dead, snapping its chassis and crushing its front end.

The planter, which has a decorative covering surrounding a strengthened core, is the culmination of a development project launched by Plantscape three years ago that saw the company take advice from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, a Government body advising organisations on how to protect themselves against attacks.

The test result means that Plantscape is now one of only two UK firms able to supply independent surface-mounted planters successfully tested to BSI PAS 68.

The new design will not be patented but the details will remain confidential. Plantscape managing director Mark Stone said: "This was by far our most challenging project and even though we have undergone a rigorous and thorough development programme, I still had everything crossed for good luck when it was time for the test.

"It was amazing to see what the impact did to the Toyota but best of all was the sight of the planter still in place. We were thrilled to have passed the test and we can now move on to marketing the product."

He added: "Our planters can foil ram raids and can stop cars laden with explosives from getting into a position where the blast would cause maximum damage. At the same time, it is vital that they are also attractive so that communities do not live with the feeling of being under attack."

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