Three social-minded urban gardeners saw an unfortunate problem in their community of Nantes: gardening is pretty difficult for those in wheelchairs. So to help the wheelchair-bound flex their green thumbs more easily, these inspired individuals created the Terraform, a series raised garden beds that put planting within arms reach. Using materials close at hand, the team built a simple prototype using the casing of an old cathode ray television combined with some old pallets. The design proved so successful, they’re now promoting Terraform to a wider audience.

Upgrading what was a somewhat crude design, the team has created a more attractive flatpack version that combines a molded UV-treated, recycled polyethylene pod with precut wooden sides. The beds are designed so that the garden sits at the correct height for someone in a wheelchair, thus providing them the opportunity to take on a healthy and therapeutic hobby.

Since its first installation, the popularity of Terraform has grown quickly and the city of Nantes has installed installed many more beds in allotments across the municipality. Terraform has even spread to other cities, and more than 100 kits have been put in place across France.

The basic design can be easily replicated and constructed, and the system is easy to maintain. The team is currently working on new products that will integrate cabinets for tools and accessories, as well as space for a drip-feed irrigation system.

There is no word yet as to when Terraform will be available in the US or Canada, but given its flat-pack, modular design it will surely translate seamlessly across international borders.

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via The Dirt