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Laying hardcore to track

Laying hardcore to track

Improved track

One of the biggest difficulties with a rented farm is deciding which issues are the most important to do first! For many years the biggest issue in our lives has been surviving but having managed to do that it was decided that the route from the parlour to the fields had got to the point that it really needed to be solved.

 

 

Laying hardcore to track

Lorry unloading hardcore to track

For a few years we have been using rubble to try and establish a hard track but no matter how much was laid it seemed to sink back into the mud. Then three years ago the main governing body DEFRA in their wisdom of all things good for the environment bought in a rule stating that the only waste materials that could be used on the farm were those that came from the farm, as we have no obvious vast quantities of rubble we were stuck. We could apply for a licence to bring building rubble in and we did, this means that at any point we can be inspected to make sure we are complying to yet more rules, still jobs have to be done and like all farmers we are used to being told "what is best for our business".


  

 Discussing the new track

Discussing the new track

In our local town we have a large firm of demolition contractors and on speaking to one of the managers we arranged for them to come and inspect the site and advise us on the best route forward. Their skill at assessing the project meant that within a few minutes they had the track planned the area around it levelled and an unsightly mucky pond filled and landscaped for a potential orchard, well area where we could plant half a dozen fruit trees.

 Two weeks later work still had not started, rain had fallen again and the cows were back to wading udder deep in mud, major depression! A phone call to a friend, complaining which I hate to do but does have advantages when you are a helpless woman!!! and guess what the track was started one week later and although not yet finished you would not recognise the area and the cows have never been so clean even though it is still raining, no more will I hate wet summers Thank-you to all involved my life is near perfect, yes it does not take much.