B.I.G. !!

OK. OK. We’ve got plot holders with big equipment, heavy duty strimmers; rotavators as big as small tractors (usually orange and noisy) and hedge cutters that would be at home in a Mad Max movie (the Englishman wants to say film, but the writer  is going for alliteration, forgive me) …

But, this morning, as promised:  


How schoolboy impressive is that!?

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The local branch of Finning, suppliers of the mighty Caterpillar plant machinery had been kind enough to donate the use of a demonstration driver and machine to seriously level and clear the remainder of the “raised bed plot community plot”.

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The precision and skill of the expert driver soon began to make a difference to the site. The machine’s hydraulic equipment, back hoe, front jaw lifting bucket working from a smooth base provided by ram jacks that sunk – a little alarmingly into the earth, but caused no problem for the operator. The back hoe, indeed, extended a remarkably long way, so could manage the work efficiently and effectively.



For a large machine it was remarkably nimble, keeping its weight off the concrete slabbed paths that provide access to the hundred-plus plots we have on site. This, make no mistake is to the credit of the driver; who was approachable and professional (and liked milk and sugar in his tea). It was also impressively quiet

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The weather stayed – mostly dry – and while we talked with each other and Tracey, the Marketing officer from Finning’s – the work was completed … and I tried for more photos.


 Well, come on, how often do you get chances like this? My thanks to everyone at the allotment for their work so far on this part of a worthwhile project and to the staff at finning’s: on one hand promoting Our Coldest Journey (www.ourcoldestjourney.com) with a Caterpillar in the Antarctic and on the other hand helping out a very local project.



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