Garden terracing

A new terrace in an existing sloped garden was created. The new retaining wall, steps and garden path were built with materials matched to those already used on the wall and paved area on the first terrace. We also created a large garden pond, this was lined with a butyl rubber liner and to the perimeter of the pond we laid stone slabs to match the pathway. A feature waterfall and bridge were also installed. The new terrace was turfed to complete the project.

Treatment Plant Installation

Location: Broakoak fishing lakes -Brotheridge Green Nr Upton on Severn.
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RMS was called in to undertake the installation of a new septic system to support the fishing lodge buildings. The trenches for the pipes linking the buildings to the treatment plant were excavated using the chain trencher to falls according to current building regualtions.

A whole was excavated to depth determined by tank dimensions and local terrain with the guidance of a laser level. The treatment plant, a Balmoral Hydroclear 12 person tank was lowered in onto a dry mix concrete base and back filled with low slump concrete whilst filling the tank with water simultaineously. In this case the hole was backfilled with concrete until the top of the tank was covered and the remainder of the hole filled with soil.

Steel Framed Car Port/Garage

RMS services took on the project to design, fabricate and erect a structure to park 2 vehicles in such a way as to be sympathetic to the landscape. The exisiting drive level was continued into the contour of the garden by excavating upto 1.1m depth. day-trips Footings were poured and retaining walls constructed from concrete block with steel reinforcement and reclaimed brick facework. A Lime mortar style mix was used with the reclaimed bricks to compliment the surrounding buildings.

The steel frame was erected and roofed with box profile coloured steel sheeting and the sides clad with ‘board on board’ style treated timber cladding. The Steel uprights to the front of the building were boxed in with treated timber to give the effect of a timber framework.

We can offer a similar type fabrication and construction service throughout landscape, equine and agricultural sectors, tayloring to our clients specific requirements.

Lake dam crest raising

Location: Eastnor Castle, Nr Ledbury Herefordshire.
Date: Spring 2013
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To comply with Environment Agency Reservoir Act legislation the Eastnor Castle lake required alteration to allow it to have a pre-determined storm surge capacity. Detailed site plans and specifications were provided by Fairhurst engineers for the proposed works.
RMS Services brought in and compacted around 1100 tonnes of sub grade material to raise a section of the dam embankment approximately 250m in length by depths ranging from 0.15m to 0.8m to bring it above the required height. The new embankment was then top soiled, seeded and Permanent Erosion control matting installed to the lakeside slope if the embankment. The Footpath was then re-instated using an MOT type 1 stone base layed over geotextile membrane and the path surfaced with 10mm to dust from Stowfield quarry.

Willow Pollarding

Location: Welland, Nr Malvern
Date: Autumn 2012
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A ditchline lined with overgrown and entangled Willow trees was Pollarded using the excavator mounted tree shear. This made short and safe work of an otherwise awkward to handle situation when attempting it with a chainsaw. The trees can be cut at height and rapidly sorted into cord wood or brash to be burned.
A further advantage of this system is that the machinery is carried on a tracked excavator meaning that work can be done during wet periods without creating the mess that the alternative wheeled telehandler might create in firstly being used as an access platform and secondly clearing up afterwoods.

This job was completed in one day – including all brash being burned.

Tree Bough Trimming – Tree Shear

Location: Little Malvern Farms.
Date: Mar 2012
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Overgrown Tree Boughs and hedges were cut back to allow unrestricted access for the larger farm machinery. The tree shear can quickly and effectively trim to a height above that required for combines and forage harvesters, eliminating the need for a two-person operation involving a chainsaw and access platform.

The shear will effortlessly tackle, re-handle and process prickly hedge material without the operator exposure experienced when using a chainsaw.

Trimming can also be carried out over young growing crops as the tracks of the excavator cause minimal damage.

Woodland Coppicing- Tree Shear

Location: Brooke Head Grove, Eastbach Court, English Bicknor, Forest of Dean.
Date: March 2012
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As part of a 15-year woodland management scheme, a one-acre section of dense woodland was coppiced.  All firewood was separated and stacked whilst the brash was either burned or cut up into smaller pieces and left for wildlife cover.

This job was completed in four days.

Clenchers Mill Leat Bypass

Location: Clenchers Mill, Eastnor Castle Estate
Date: Summer 2012
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Approximately 300m of the leat (feeder ditch) for Clenchers Mill had previouisly been destroyed when a large duck lake was formed. As part of the long term restoration of the mill, the leat was to be re-formed for this section.

Using a Laser level and machine control device set from level references gained from a site terrain survey, the new bypass section of Leat was excavated. Spoil from the excavations was used to re-landscape the areas surrounding the new Leat.

At the start of the new section a vehicular crossing point was installed using a large diameter twin-wall pipe. Headwalls were specially formed on site using concrete. A flow control point was also installed to allow water to be diverted down the new Leat bypass or into the lake. This was also formed on site from concrete. As access to these locations was restricted and weather conditions adverse, our excavator mounted concrete mixer was used to limit site movement and potential damage to the site.

Driveway

Location: Lower Moor, Nr Pershore.
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A tired tarmac surface was pulled up and removed from site. The site was excavated and a new stone base was layed and compacted to required depth and level to allow drainage away from the house. The existing concrete curb edging was removed and a new edging of two different sized granite setts was layed. The Lawn to the permiter of the drive was adjusted to tie in with the height of the new edging and surface. 20mm Stowfield chippings were used as the final surface.

Post and Rail Fencing

Location: Alfrick, Worcestershire
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Seen here putting in sawn treated posts for post and rail fencing. The Posts are driven in with the modified concrete breaker attachment on the 5 tonne excavator.  In this case the 6″x3″ posts are inserted easily without a point.

The attachment offers great versatility as it can operate at full reach (over 5 metres from the excavator) and at a vast range of angles meaning that the most awkward of corners can be reached, even across ditches or over hedges!

Fencing Stakes can be started by hand by simply stabbing them into the ground and then the attachment is simply placed on top and operated for a matter of seconds to drive it to depth. This means that the job can be completed quickly by one person alone without having to get on and off a tractor constantly as you would with drop-weight machines.

The post driver is particulary handy for carrying out fencing repairs where existing stakes may have failed and a new stakes is required. Conventional post knockers may struggle to work close to the wire, especially the top strands of barb or high tensile.

 

Mill Leat Clearance and Re-instatement

Location: Clenchers Mill, Eastnor Castle Estate
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The Job here was to re-instate the Mill Leat (water supply ditch) that formely fed Clenchers Mill as part of an overall mill restoration project.

Having not carried water for around 50 years the Leat was in a particularly overgrown and delapidated  state. A 500metre section, passing through established woodland, was cut and cleared using the Tree shear on the 5.5 tonne excavator.  All firewood was separated and stacked on site and the brash was carried to a single location and burned. The Leat profile was then restored with the excavator and ditching bucket, removing the debris that had accumulated over the years.

The works were completed by one machine and operator and took approximately nine days.

Re-Contouring of lawn area

Location: Luckalls Farm, Alfrick
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A steep un-managable area was transformed into a rolling bank in readiness for grass seeding.

Firstly the tree stumps were removed from the area to be re-shaped. Earth was then moved from relevant areas and re-compacted to form the desired gradients. A layer of top-soil was then replaced on the surface to allow grass seed to take.

The job was completed in one working day.

Water Pipe Installation

Location: Pirton Court Farm
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Here we were called in to install a new water pipeline for supplying livestock water troughs around the farm.

The chain trencher attachment was used to form a trench to 750mm depth at 150mm width. 280m of trench was formed and a 25mm MDPE water pipe installed. The attachment forms a fine crumb which is pushed aside into a neat windrow which allows a speedy and pipe friendly backfilling process.

The job took one machine and operator 11 hours in total to complete.

Yard Concreting

Location: Ryalls Court Farm, Nr. Upton-on-Severn
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Here we concreted various yard areas at Ryalls Court Farm.

The farm is an organic dairy and beef livestock farm. We concreted livestock yards and slurry store works using high specification concrete mixes. These offer high resistance to livestock effluents.

Laser levelling equipment is used to prepare a base and set up form-work on large level areas. Where falls are required, careful consideration is made to ensure the finished surfaces are suitable.

Shed Scrub Clearance

Location: Clenchers Mill, Eastnor Castle Estate
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The job here was was to clear the overgrown surrounding area to an existing old farm building.

A Tree shear was used to carefully remove tall and entangled scrub whilst ensuring the building and nearby overhead telephone lines were left undamaged. After the useful firewood was cut out, the brash was loaded onto a dump trailer using an excavator mounted grapple. This was moved it to a safe location for burning.

The site was left levelled, root free and ready for grass seed. The job was completed in two days.

Land Drainage

Location: Bank Farm, Leigh
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Here we drained a wet area in a grass field to bring it back into production once again.

A trench was excavated with adequate fall using a grade laser level along with machine control reciever mounted on the excavator boom.

Once the exact source of the spring water was located, a perforated land drain pipe was layed along the trench and it was then back filled.

Stable renovations, replacement canopy

Location: Alfrick
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Here an existing unsound canopy was removed from the stables and a new one put back in its place.

The new steel trusses were fabricated especially to suit the stable by ourselves. Treated timber was used for Puirlins and covered with colour bond box profile sheeting. Finally the gable was clad with closed treated boards.

Ditching

Location: Pirton, Worcestershire
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The Job here was to clear out a heavily silted ditch line that had been causing drainage issues and flooding in periods of high rainfall on the surrounding land.

Historically brooks and ditches would have been routinely maintained every few years on farms during the winter months at times where traditionally there would have been a surplus in labour. Today however, as more mechanisation is employed most farms have minimal labour surplus at these times and often drainage and ditch maintenance ends up low down on the priority list.

Often ditches become overgrown by hedges and become difficult to access.  We offer the complete solution to these problems as we can come in with the tree shear to cut back to allow access and follow on to clear out the ditch with the same machine with a ditching bucket.

Pond De-silting

Location: Powick, Nr Worcester
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Here we were called in to clean out a heavily silted pond which had restricted access.

Firstly we removed the water from the pond using a heavy duty pump. Two five tonne machines were used to gain access to the pond where one machine was used in the pond bed to pass sludge to the other machine that was sited upon the bank. The second machine placed the sludge behind a pre-build sleeper retaining wall where it was left to naturally dry out.

The project was completed in two days.

Hedging Works – Tree Shear

Location: Stoke Prior, Nr Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
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The tree shear is seen here in action on agricultural land near Droitwich coppicing overgrown hedgerows in preparation for fencing.

Large work rates are achievable without the need for a chainsaw. Also work can be done at heights of up to around 18feet which is ideal for clearing overhanging tree boughs around agricultural land allowing sufficient height clearance for the largest of farm vehicles. expired sites The excavator mounted Tree shear also eliminates the need for additional access equipment and operators and makes the whole job safer and quicker and generally more cost effective. Fire wood can easily be sorted from the brash in such situations if required and stacked aside.

LPG tank installation

Location: Welland, Nr Malvern, Worcestershire
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Installation of a Below ground LPG tank.

The hole was excavated to specified size for the tank. Once the tank suppplier had completed the tank installation the hole was backfilled with sand to form a protective surrounding.  The site was then reinstated by filling the remainder of the hole with top soil and the origional turf replaced to previous level.

Driveway

Location: Prospect Cottage, Kempsey
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Resurfacing of 240 square meter driveway.

The existing surface was removed and damaged edging and sub-base replaced. The new surface of 20mm Stowfield chippings was layed at 40mm depth on top of a layer of scalpings from the same quarry source.

The job took around 40 man hours, using the 5 tonne digger.