Plant Hire Projects
G. Farwell Plant Hire Examples of Work in Hampshire
G. Farwell Ltd have been supplying heavy plant machinery hire across Hampshire for many years. Our plant machinery has been used for clearing ditches, drainage, stream restoration, rake and burn, stump cutting, beach restoration, pond reinstatement and many more projects across the local area. For any enquiries related to our plant hire please call or visit our website service pages for more information.
Please see below examples of the plant hire work that Farwell’s have completed:
Car park and layby reinstatement
Car park and layby reinstatement
2 options were provided which included:
Option A: Backfill the old existing guttering ditch, by removing as much turf from the surface as is possible within the shape of the ditch and bank, move the soil from the bank to infill the ditch and level off and then replace the previously stripped turfs back on the disturbed areas.
Option B: Dig a new V ditch along the roadside, forming the soil into a bank along the side of the verge adjacent to the ditch.
Ride reinstatement, rake and burning and drainage works in the New Forest
Supply one 13T Tracked 360° Excavator and one 8T Tracked Excavator, complete with operators and fuel, to carry out the rake and burning, ride re-instatement and drainage works. To reinstate the main ride at Ferny Nap Inclosure, approx. half a kilometer, which has been badly rutted by timber extraction
Historically, the drainage channels were dug to stop any water eroding the railway line and draining the surrounding areas. With these now needing to be filled great care will need to be taken not to cause new stream bed levels to be higher than the bottoms of the culvert pipes that cross the railway as this could lead to further erosion problems across the embankment in the future.
With these deep channels being the main factor to the site being listed in the Lost Lawns report, the restoration work needs to address this. This should also encourage the wide variety of vascular plants that are already present on the site, as listed in the biodiversity statement. The levelling and reinstating of approx. 3,500 metres of grass ride, plus approx. 5,500 metres of ditch cleaning to the same. The installation of two culverts with Farwell’s supplying the materials.
This would be carried out using two excavators over a time period of approx. two weeks.
Clean the ditches on both sides of the damaged rides and re-shape the ride with the arisings. Approx 2,000 linear metres
Level the ruts within the woodland. Approx 1,000 metres long
Dig and backfill the culvert trenches, with pipe supplied and laid by Farwell’s.
Tidy and re-shape the crossing point and fill the low spots on the ride on the two areas at Denny New Inclosure
Dig one small pond in Denny Lodge Inclosure alongside the roadside
Clean approx. 50 metres of ditch on the boundary fence line at Pignal Inclosure using a three ton excavator and working around the trees
New Forest rake and burn
Supply two tracked excavators plus root rakes to rake and burn approx. 6 hectares of brash. As highlighted, the three site areas are all adjacent to each other.
All these Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) have been identified by Natural England as being in an unfavourable condition. These former conifer plantations are being restored to their former wet and dry heathland habitats following clear felling and rake and burn operations. Removal of stumps and ridge and furrow will allow the natural hydrology to be reinstated (where ridge and furrow is eradicated); ground conditions to support future mechanised conservation management to be undertaken; and will be safer for livestock management.
As this operation forms part of the Higher Level Stewardship Scheme and the areas are of the highest conservation value, we would approach the work with the highest level of sensitivity which will be discussed with the contract manager at the pre-commencement meeting. Site specific sensitivities and requirements to the work approach will be on a site by site basis.
Stump cutting using root knives fitted to excavators
Mobilise two excavators to site with root knives.
Commence cutting stumps down to ground level, working progressively across the site but avoiding the areas of steep gradient.
Lightly rake over the surface using an excavator fitted with a tooth bucket or root rake, gathering up any larger pieces of timber which can then be burnt on site in the brazier. Work progressively across the site until all the area has been covered.
Supply one 13T excavator plus operator and cart away the brick and concrete from the existing extension and garage, leaving Farwell’s to strip out and dispose of all other arisings from the demolition, with the exception of the hardcore.
Once this is cleared and after Farwell’s have marked out the areas, we would then reduce dig the east and west sides of the existing house for the new extensions, plus patio area, approx. 180 m³ in the solid.
Reduce these areas down to the oversite levels as shown on the drawings and cart arisings off site.
Laying path to field shelter
Stream restoration and footbridge
Meander excavation in the New Forest
Excavation of the original remnant stream meanders, and where required, excavation of new sections of meander to connect to the existing watercourse or link disconnected stretches of remnant meander.
Excavate/scrape down to the old riverbed using a 360o hydraulic excavator. The level of excavation is often indicated by an existing gravel layer. The depth of excavation will vary due to the old meander bed level rising and falling.