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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 ful-

fils their varied and demanding


For their Arboricultural machin-

ery, A-Plant have recently added a

number of new GreenMech wood-

chippers 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 com-

mercial 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 extend-

ing 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 ob-

stacles and enabling access to the most difficult




Canvey Wick Nature

Reserve Set For

Exciting Expansion

Canvey Wick Nature Reserve is set to be expand-

ed to around 150 hectares after Morrisons ar-

ranged to transfer an adjoining parcel of land to

national land management charity, the Land


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


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.


Contractors World UK Ireland Vol 6 No 2