Customers to benefit as Amberol and Leafield Environmental join forces

28 June 2022

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Amberol, who are known for manufacturing self-watering planters and street furniture, has joined Leafield Environmental as part of an acquisition completed this month (June), bringing together a talented team with over 80 years of experience in the field of manufacturing sustainable plastic products.

Amberol work with a range of organisations including local authorities, community gardening groups, businesses, and education

establishments. Set up in 1969 by two friends Phil Atkinson and Jack Williamson, the company developed the Aquafeed™ matting system which is used in their range of self-watering planters, in the 1970s. The planters need topping up just once or twice a week, saving on water and maintenance. Amberol also make a range of recycling and non-recycling litter bins, as well as benches and picnic tables.

As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of rotationally moulded litter bins, Leafield Environmental’s products perfectly complement Amberol’s range and ethos.

For Amberol customers it will be business as usual according to Patience Atkinson-Gregory, the company’s Managing Director. She commented: “As a family business, we have built strong and enduring relationships with our customers. The Amberol ethos of providing personal service, value for money and high quality products will remain. However, the support and investment from Leafield Environmental can only help enhance customer service, as well as strengthening the Amberol brand. With over 30 years of experience in manufacturing premium plastic products, using similar innovative design and manufacturing expertise, Leafield are a great fit for our business.”

Philip Maddox, Managing Director at Leafield Environmental said: We have been working closely with Patience to ensure that we  maintain the Amberol ethos to ensure continuity of experience for their customers. We are excited to welcome Amberol’s employees to our business and are looking forward to working in collaboration with them. The business will continue to operate as Amberol and will serve their loyal customers as normal.”

Amberol will continue to manufacture the full range of products at their Derbyshire factory as well operating customer services. The self-watering planter range includes stone effect troughs, wood effect barrels, hanging baskets, tiered planters and large floorstanding planters. The company’s litter bins can be found on some of Britain’s busiest streets in Westminster, and as far afield as Australia.

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