People want to feel connected to nature with living colour, texture and greenery in their lives. They want nature and authenticity in the built environment with fresh plant life creating atmosphere and ambience.
Plantabox is a unique portable grow system that provides instant gardens and lawns on any surface. It allows living greenery to be integrated with architectural and landscape design in ways not thought of.
Unfortunately poor design in the past has led to vast amount of public space globally containing little natural environment. This has resulted in hostile / unappealing / unwelcoming / inhospitable environments giving no reason for public to dwell or interact.
However, there is a global change occurring with demand for more creative, liveable and sustainable places. Government bodies are looking at ways to retrofit and developers are looking for new products that can meet these expectations.
Plantabox delivers to both these groups.
Plantabox and Portagrass are portable grow products that allow living plants to be used in new and dynamic ways. By bringing together horticulture, engineering, logistics and design we enable large scale portable modular flowerbeds and grass surfaces.
Plantabox and Portagrass have origins in Strathayr, an Australian leader in sports turf technology that has over the last 20 years developed portable sports surface products such as portable sports fields and drop-in cricket wickets. Recent product development, giving improved performance and cost reductions, resulted in Portagrass being used to build a world leading portable tennis court for Tennis Australia. In 2016 we designed and provided Floriade in Canberra with large scale portable flower beds so the festival could increase their range of displays without having to dig-up the surrounding park. In 2017 we undertook major engineering and design work and in 2018 launched our new range of indoor outdoor Plantaboxes.
Peter has been co-owner of sports turf company StrathAyr and CFO for a number of international companies. A driven innovator, Peter's interest is in the technology, engineering and operational areas of business. Over the last few years Peter has developed and re-engineered the Plantabox and Portagrass products resulting in leading-edge installations. Peter's passion is working out how to keep a living system operational with the stresses of different environments whilst being portable.
Over last 16 years Ben has owned a number of businesses including creative and marketing agencies, a major events company and a strategic consulting company. Underpinning all of this is a professional interest with how people interact with spaces, especially in the built environment or around temporary installations such as major events. A lateral thinker, Ben is always considering new ways to see more of the natural environment placed into the built environment.