Somerset heritage gardens opt for battery powered upkeep to ensure visitor safety

Four National Trust properties in Somerset have trimmed energy costs, time and noise by switching to battery-powered gardening tools.

Lytes Cary Manor, Montacute House, Tintinhull Gardens and Saltram House fired up a total of six hedge trimmers that retail for £420.

Lytes Cary head gardener Damien Mitchell said he had 4km of yew, hornbeam, beech and privet hedging.

He switched his petrol machines for Pellenc Helion lithium-ion battery-powered trimmers during peak visiting times between May and late October when health-and-safety issues ruled out petrol fumes, noisier engines and higher vibration levels. Power for his battery came from on-site solar panels.


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