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Contractors World - 2016 Vol 6 No 2

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Canvey Wick Nature Reserve Set For Exciting Expansion

Canvey Wick Nature Reserve Set
For Exciting Expansion

Canvey Wick Nature Reserve is set to be expanded to around 150 hectares after Morrisons arranged to transfer an adjoining parcel of land to national land management charity, the Land Trust.

The retailer’s transfer of 130 hectares of land to the Land Trust – equivalent to more than 180 football pitches – together with an endowment to boost the environmental quality of the land and provide for its long-term management, will have a wide reaching impact.

Among the benefits provided by linking the adjoining land include enhanced habitat restoration and fresh education opportunities. It will also allow for links to a neighbouring RSPB reserve, connecting to other habitats in the process.

Simon Pile, Estates Manager for the Land Trust, said:

The transfer of land that will significantly increase the size of Canvey Wick Nature Reserve is tremendously exciting, helping unlock investment into the ecological diversity and provide community opportunities for the site.
       Morrisons deserves immense credit for its supportive partnership work in making this happen.

Described as “a little brownfield rainforest” by Natural England officer Dr Chris Gibson, Canvey Wick Nature Reserve was once home to an oil refinery. It is now owned by the Land Trust and managed in partnership with the RSPB and Buglife.

Results of surveys have shown Canvey Wick to have “more biodiversity per square foot than any other site in the UK”. The nature reserve was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on 11 February 2005 – the first brownfield site to be protected specifically for its invertebrates.


The new SAFETrak units have already been out to the Environment Agency .

More Chippers for A-Plant

A-Plant Garden and Landscaping boasts some prestigious customers including The Environment Agency and Balfour Beatty who entrust them to deliver machinery that fulfills their varied and demanding contracts.

For their Arboricultural machinery, A-Plant have recently added a number of new GreenMech woodchippers to their existing fleet.

We have always carried GreenMech machines so when it was time to invest in some new kit we had no hesitations to go with GreenMech

explains Business Development Manager David Kendall.

We have recently added a number of SAFETrak’s to our portfolio, which also includes GreenMech Arborist 130 chippers. With these, we can satisfy complex commercial contracts as well as supply great quality machines to the local tree surgeons and arborists.

The new SAFETrak units have already been out to the Environment Agency coping with work on embankments and in other challenging environments.


The SAFE-Trak 19-28 is a powerful workhorse and comes as standard with all the features expected of a GreenMech chipper. Fitted with a 50 hp diesel engine, it has a 190 mm x 280 mm letterbox-style infeed throat which provides a 190 mm chipping capacity.

The patented SAFE-Trak system incorporates two independently adjusted track mounted legs. By extending one track at a time embankments up to 35° can be traversed in complete safety. With both track mounts fully extended, the 19-28 model offers a massive ground clearance of over 600 mm for dealing with hidden obstacles and enabling access to the most difficult terrain.


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