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Assistive Gardening Tool

edited February 2021 in Tools and techniques
Hello! My name is Sorcha and I am currently completing my Master's Degree in Design Engineering.

For my final year project, I am designing and creating a gardening tool to assist people over the age of 60 with specific gardening activities.
If you, or someone you know falls into this category, and are interested in helping me with my user research, I would greatly appreciate if you got in contact with me.

Please drop me an email at [email protected], or feel free to pass my details on to somebody you know.
I look forward to hearing from you!



  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,087
    I'm not over 60, but many of my friends who are would strongly object to being described as "elderly"!
    In any case, I hope you get some interest and your project goes well.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • FireFire Posts: 18,072
    Over 60s are spring chickens, just starting out!


  • K67K67 Posts: 2,507
    Never considered myself elderly at 60 but then when I was in my twenties anyone over 30 was old!
  • I really appreciate all your feedback, I'm definitley going to rephrase my project title to be more inclusive.
  • If you contact community gardens you will find they have a broad range of users, both in ability and age. Perhaps a community garden leader would be prepared to give you feedback on the challenges some, not all, of those who use the space face and the tools and techniques they use to try to overcome issues that may arise? There are many children and adults who love to garden but struggle with "standard" tools. 
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,087
    I sometimes struggle with standard tools, not because there's anything wrong with the design, but just because they're often made for someone taller and stronger than me, with bigger hands. I have to choose carefully. What we need is a wider range of sizes as standard, without loss of performance.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • @rachelQrtJHBjb
    Thank you for your input, this is another route I am going down to conduct user research.

    I appreciate this feedback too, it will be very useful to me, thank you.
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