Specialist mechanical weeding of invasive scrub and regen

Over the last two years we have developed, tested and proven a system for removal of invasive and self regenerating scrub from various sites. Our digger attachment grips the stem, pulls it up including the rootball, bundles it with a few more then places the bundle onto a trailer behind the digger for extraction. Key benefits are a one-pass operation and removal of rootstocks, along with a huge reduction in labour for both pulling and carrying scrub to a burn site. It will pluck any size regen from 0.5cm to 15cm and can also be used to grub out medium rootballs with minimal ground disturbance.
For nature reserves and heathland sites
Compared to a team cutting, clearing and painting the stumps it's a big jump in efficiency particularly in medium to heavy infestation, with a regen rate of around 5% due to the plant snapping whilst being pulled. This is proven over a season on three different sites, and a much better region rate than chemical control with the associated risks and misses where the stumps hide under the heather. We also have a turf knife attachment which allows for very tight scrapes of heather turf with minimal topsoil removal, following the contours of the ground and surrounding desired plants carefully.
For golf courses
With special toothed jaws, we can also pull gorse and birch ‘rosettes’ from mown heather turf. Rosettes are left behind after the main plant has been flailed off, and due to their often impressive rootstocks they can replace the cut plant very quickly if not removed.
  •  Cut 'rosettes' are a viable target with specialist toothed jaws

    Cut 'rosettes' are a viable target with specialist toothed jaws

  •  Minimal ground disturbance after pulling on sandy ground

    Minimal ground disturbance after pulling on sandy ground

  •  Pulled rootball

    Pulled rootball

  •  Pulled rootball

    Pulled rootball

  •  Mechanical removal to burn pile

    Mechanical removal to burn pile

  •  Birch regen before pulling

    Birch regen before pulling

  •  Birch regen after pulling, piled up to left of photo

    Birch regen after pulling, piled up to left of photo

  •  Pulled gorse on a golf course

    Pulled gorse on a golf course

  •  Birch regen pulled from heathland

    Birch regen pulled from heathland

  •  Ideal target regen for this method

    Ideal target regen for this method

  •  Extremely accurate. low disturbance scrapes on heather

    Extremely accurate. low disturbance scrapes on heather

  •  Extremely accurate. low disturbance scrapes on heather

    Extremely accurate. low disturbance scrapes on heather