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

This involved the reduction of an existing car park area and layby adjacent to a local Post Office. A one wheeled backhoe loader was used with operator.

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

Using a micro excavator, excavate as required, taking account of the fall on the ground, inside the field shelter, spreading spoil as directed on site. Excavate a path tray from the field shelter to the barn approximately 700mm wide and 100mm deep, spreading the spoil as directed on site. Lay a geotextile separation membrane in the base of the excavations. Supply, spread and compact scalpings into the path tray and in the field shelter base to a compacted depth of 100mm. Pave the inside of the field shelter and the path using 600mm x 600mm by 50mm concrete paving slabs haunched to the sides and pointed in between. Leave site clean and tidy.

Stream restoration and footbridge

Supply one operated 13T excavator to clean the stream from northern boundary, including the Mill pond, plus continuing along from the lower end of the culvert that passes underneath the driveway to the southern boundary where the sluice gate is located. Remove the silt from the stream down to 500mm below the outlet pipe that runs behind the sluice gate. Cast the silt back behind the bank and leave in stockpiles to be levelled at a later date by others. Supply one 13T tracked excavator and dumper to lift the existing wooden footbridge from its present location close to the inlet pond and putting this to one side. Clean out the silt from the inlet channel and as far as we can reach with our machine from the bank into the pond. Placing this silt into the dumper and tipping in the adjacent woodland area. Once this has been done and we have removed as much silt as possible from this spot, to then carefully replace the bridge back into its original position and remove the machinery from site.

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.

Repair and reinstatement work to bottom of Lymington Lido

Lay timber boards on the access point through the main gates to protect the paving from site vehicles. Install a timber ramp on top of this timber boarding to protect the side of the pool itself and allow Farwell’s entry to the pool floor for our site vehicles. Once the groundwater has been removed from the baths Farwell’s can proceed to remove the clean shingle with the use of a small excavator to uncover the first line of old geotextile membrane. Lay new membrane and spread shingle across floor of pool.
farwell's work at lymington lido