Eco-power tools on trial

11 July 2016

Local firm help us go green

We're excited to trial a new range of eco friendly power tools. Our grounds department have received battery operated chainsaws, strimmers, hedge cutters and leaf blowers in an attempt to improve efficiency and reduce our environmental impact when we carry out maintenance and collect animal feeds. The safari park is approximately 200 acres in size, nestled into a 2000 acre estate. We are very fortunate to use the estate and collect browse (short rotation coppice broad leaf) from the woodlands for the animals to eat. The saws look ideal for this.

Head of grounds department, James Quickenden explains;

"The new kit is very light weight, the chainsaws are powerful enough to use for collecting willow, birch, sycamore and ash branches. They are very quiet and have very little vibration which makes them preferable to use rather than the bigger tools. It saves so much time not having to mix 2 stroke fuel and having to carry the cans with us. When we work in the park, the strimmers and leaf blowers are less noisy than the petrol ones we normally use, we've noticed that the animals react less to them and our visitors have peaceful visit"

We always try to use local firms and produce where possible. Robert Dykes of Thornhill has supplied the machinery to trial, photographed here with his son Callum, Collin Ferguson (Husqvarna rep) and our park manager, Gary Gilmour.