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2020 RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year Announced

RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year 2020: Vegebag, by Vegepod UK


The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has announced the winner of the prestigious RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year 2020.


The title was awarded to the Vegebag by Vegepod UK, a garden growing tool allowing gardeners of all abilities to produce fantastic crops in small spaces all year round.


Judged virtually by a team of experts including esteemed entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den investor, Deborah Meaden, the Vegebag’s enviro-mesh protective barrier keeps pests and animals at bay while still allowing the crops to get the air and water they need. Its size makes it ideal for city gardening, balconies, patios and larger spaces.


On selecting the winner, Chair Judge Chris Harrop said: “Reflecting the challenging times we are all living in and what seems to have become the ‘new normal’ the RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year judges met virtually to discuss an excellent shortlist of new products for 2020.


“The current lockdown has unleashed a wave of passion across the country for all things gardening and particularly for growing fruit and vegetables, and after detailed debate and inspired by the mood of the nation the judges are delighted to announce that the Vegebag by Vegepod is this year’s winner.”


The Vegebag was chosen from a shortlist of 11 finalists* as the competition, which launched in 2011, aims to recognise and celebrate the best new garden products.


RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year 2020 shortlist:

· The City Growhouse, by Access Garden Products, RRP £479 in plain aluminium £599 in Anthracite, - A dedicated growing area in even the smallest garden. Ideal for city living.


· Meander 3, by Gaze Burvill, RRP £6,960, - Combining elegant sculptural curves with practicality and comfort, the ‘Meander 3’ is a delightful and novel three person conversation seat.


· Infinity Sheet by Green4Air, RRP £215, - CAD designed sheets designed to integrate and work with Green4Air’s 150mm pod spacing system both horizontally and vertically 128 x 55deg slots are cut into the black 10mm thick sheets using a highly specialised 5axis CNC router machine.


· Small Pot Set of 3, by Husk, RRP £9.99, - Pots made using agricultural waste which fertilize the soil when they biodegrade.


· Ooni Karu, by Ooni, RRP £249, - a powerful, portable wood & charcoal-fired pizza oven offering portability with all the power of a larger wood-fired oven.


· Husqvarna 305, by Platts Horticulture, RRP £1099, - A robotic lawnmower which offers a low price point without compromising on performance. Can be controlled by an app on a smartphone.


· Steel Container/Pottery Knife, by Sneeboer Trading BV, RRP £69.95, - An all sides sharpened, long, flat, flexible stainless steel container/pottery knife that comes with a red beech grip. Designed to help with re-potting plants in difficult containers.


· Stone King, by The Patio Black Spot Removal Company, RRP £29.99, - Gently, restores the original beauty to natural stone sculpture, artificial stone figurines, bird baths, sundials and terracotta pots and urns in less than 90 minutes without pressure washing.


· Naked Garden Twine, by Twool, RRP £2.95, - Garden twine made from locally sourced underused wool with a high tensile strength.


· Vegebag, by Vegepod UK, RRP £29.99, - Made from a tough polyester base, the Vegebag helps gardeners of all abilities to produce fantastic crops in small spaces with protection from garden nasties, all year round.


· Potting Table, by Wilstone, RRP £245, - Made from Galvanised Steel and Recycled Teak for practical durability, this lightweight Potting Table has carry handles, two drawers, shelf and a uniquely designed extend-able worktop revealing a compost store.

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