Origin Amenity Solutions Unites for Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal


Origin Amenity Solutions (OAS) has joined hands with renowned photographer Richard Pinches and Grounds Maintenance contractor Groundtel Ltd to create a magnificent poppy in support of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.

The grand poppy, inaugurating the 2023 Poppy Appeal, now graces Mills Meadow in Henley-on-Thames. Origin Amenity Solutions employed its robotic line-marking machine to outline the poppy, and the filling was meticulously done by hand using IMPACT paint.

The brainchild of this noble endeavor is drone operator Richard Pinches. Henley Town Council had commissioned him to photograph a King’s Cypher painted in the same location for the King’s Coronation in May. Richard, a devoted supporter of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and a poppy collector, initiated the idea following the loss of his father in 2016.

Simon Hughes, Line Marking Sales Manager for Origin Amenity Solutions, shared, “Richard approached me for help, and we were only too delighted to donate the necessary machinery, paint, and time needed. I programmed the GPS-guided robotic line marker to paint the poppy outline and then Danny Perkins from Groundtel Ltd. infilled using our IMPACT paint in white, red, and black.”

Henley on Thames poppy 2023 Richard Simon and Danny close up

The capability to mark out custom logos and designs is the latest enhancement to the TinyLineMarker Pro X robotic line marker, exclusively distributed in the UK by Origin Amenity Solutions.

These robots are designed to use ready-to-use paint technology, such as the IMPACT range. They offer remarkable efficiencies, using as little as 1.1 litres of paint per standard-sized football pitch while eliminating the messy, time-consuming inconsistencies associated with dilutable concentrate paints. Robotic line markers have proven to be a smart investment, saving both time and money.

Simon Hughes adds, “This revolutionary feature has been heavily requested, and we are delighted with how well received it has been. It is fantastic to see how our customers are using it and I’m delighted with how well the poppy has turned out. It looks stunning”

Armistice Day, better known as Remembrance Day, commemorates the end of World War One in 1918. A two-minute silence is observed nationwide at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month to honor those who have sacrificed their lives in any conflict.

For those interested in experiencing the capabilities of the TinyMobileRobot Pro X, a free demonstration can be booked at www.tinymobilerobots.com/field-marking-robot/tinymobilerobots-uk/.

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