SAS Land Services

Vegetation Management & Agricultural Contractors

Category: Recent Projects

Aerial Mapping and Inspection by Drone

SAS Land Services offer aerial land mapping and inspection by drone for agricultural and environmental management purposes. We can survey 200 acres in under an hour and will provide plant health reports, digital surface models showing object heights and digital terrain models showing land heights without objects. An orthomosaic map is also created allowing accurate measurements to be made of distances or volumes.

We have the option to create 3D models or cut and fill reports enabling accurate calculations to be made for material movements.

We are fully insured for drone operations and cover Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and parts of Wales for drone operations. Please do contact us for advice or a free quote.

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Clearing Banks at Thurrock Services, Essex

We were recently tasked with clearing the banks on the edge of the slip road to Thurrock Services in Essex. Over time they had become substantially overgrown with brambles, long grass and small saplings.

We used a remote controlled bank mower with a forestry mulching head to cut everything down to ground level. The remote control allows the machine to work in locations where it is unsafe for a person to enter. It can work safely on slopes of up to 60 degrees and at distances of up to 150m from the operator so it was perfect for this job.

The banks are now clear and readily accessible for other companies to bring in their drilling machinery and carry out additional work in the near future.

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Contact us for advice or a free quote. We cover Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Herefordshire.

Ground Preparation at Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot

We were recently asked to level, prepare and reseed the ground outside Heatherwood Hospital in Ascot, Berkshire.

The ground was very wet but it was no problem for our 3t mini excavator and land rake which we used first to level and clean the area before spreading the wildflower seed. The area will be rolled later in the Spring to level down fully ready for the grass to fully establish. Another job expertly carried out by our team.

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Contact us for advice or a free quote. We cover Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Herefordshire.

Overgrown hedgerow reduction in Oxfordshire

Back in July we were contacted by Nigel Adams, a renowned hedgerow specialist who lives in Oxfordshire to talk about how we could help him to cut back and coppice some heavily overgrown hedgerows as part of the Watlington hedgerow project. The hedgerows in question had a number of hawthorn trees, many of which had grown beyond their healthy life stage and fallen over, some were covered in ivy and others had died completely.

We suggested the use of our mini excavator with tree shear to enable a fast, easier and safer dismantle of the trees as well as utilising the low ground pressure of the smaller machine. With a 200mm cutting capacity, the little machine and shear was more than capable of the task.

So, along came October and work commenced, we moved the machine to Oxfordshire for the duration and made the area safe. Nigel and another neighbouring landowner Paul were on hand with chainsaws to deal with any fallen or snapped trunks and to cut any remaining ivy from any of the trees that remained. We chose a few of the stable mature trees to remain within the hedge and trimmed these to make them safe and healthy again. Within just a few hours we had reduced a good 80-100m of hedge, something that would’ve taken a good couple of days had it been completed manually.

Another couple of days saw the rest of the overgrown hedgerows reduced using the excavator and tree shear and the project completed. The hedge can now regrow naturally from the coppiced stumps to create a healthy solid hedge, any gaps from the dead trees will be replanted with new native species.

Many thanks to Nigel, Paul and The Watlington Environmental Group for the work and the chance to be part of this exciting project.

Overgrown Hedgerow Reduction

Over the past few months we have been tasked with many hedgerow reduction projects where trees and brambles have encroached over fences and into field corners. Had you ever realised how much land may have been lost over time as the vegetation crept in? Take a look below at some of the before and after images of a few projects;

Overgrown treesCompleted vegetation clearance
overgrown brambles in a field corner and edge of pony paddocks

We have also cleared back overgrown trees for horsebox access on various yards, below is one yard in Surrey.

This is just a small selection of some of our projects, if you have overgrown field boundaries or hedges then why not contact us to get them back into shape, this can usually improve the health of the hedge as well as expand its use to wildlife. The cut and mulched material is useful for bugs, Beatles and other small creatures whilst the new thicker healthier growth is better for bird nests and hiding places.

On top of that, any substantial wood is harvested and used for biomass, thus reducing fossil fuel usage, who knew just cutting a hedge could be so beneficial?!

Contact us now for a free quote and advice.

Fence line clearance and fence replacement.

We were asked to clear a very overgrown fence line, clean the ditch and replace the fence with a new one for one of our regular equine clients.

Our excavator and flail did a great job of cutting back the overgrown hedge ready for ditch digging, any extra large branches were soon dealt with by the tree shear attachment.

Overgrown hedge

Once the ditch had been dug we then erected a news horse net fence along the existing old fence line, below is a before and after of the fence, we think it’s quite an improvement!

 

For your own projects why not give us a shout and see how we can help you.

Fallen Tree Clearing

Another storm and more tree clearing work to keep us busy, this time we removed a fallen Alder tree from the River Pang in Tidmarsh. The tree had fallen across the river and landed on a farm fence on the other bank, damaging the fence and causing a restriction to the river.

We were called in to remove the tree in question and whilst we were there we also removed a few other trees that were causing problems for our valued client.

Our 3t mini excavator came in very handy to make the job easy and quicker than traditional manual methods.

Another job well done by the team and another very happy client. For any of your tree cutting requirements please do give us a call. You can also see our latest news on our Facebook Page

Bramble Clearance In Overgrown Vineyard

One of our recent projects came after a call from a long standing client who required some bramble and vegetation clearance in a vineyard that we helped establish over 7 years ago. Parts of the vineyard had been overcome by brambles, gorse and small saplings which we were tasked with clearing the vegetation so the vines could be trimmed back into shape.

We used both our mini excavator and flail as well as the remote controlled mower to cut the brambles and saplings down to ground level and allowing access between the rows.

Some of the overgrowth was higher than the mini digger but the flail attachment made light work of cutting it down to size and mulching the vegetation material to the ground meaning now arising s were taken away.

Using our vegetation control machinery and our expertise we soon had the vine rows back under control ready for the specialist teams to prune and attach the vines ready for next years crop!

If you require any bramble or vegetation clearance then be sure to give us a call!

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Footing digging for house extension.

We are asked a lot for footing digging for both house extensions and new builds as part of our excavation and groundwork services. Here we have a quick overview of a few local jobs using our midi excavator to dig footings in back gardens with very small access through doorways.

Midi excavator digging footings, groundwork services
We had to remove the old patio before digging the new footings.

On most of the recent projects the first job involved removing the old patio slabs and breaking up the concrete base below. This is an easy job with the micro excavator and breaker and all material is moved to a location which is easily accessible by grab lorry for removal.

Once the services have been marked and dig marks set out then it’s time to start digging, thankfully the soil is easy to dig and all material can be transported away by small dumper. For the narrow access jobs we have a small tracked carrier which will fit through a standard doorway and makes material removal much easier and safer.

It soon becomes easy to follow the set out lines and excavate the trench down to the set depth for the footings but you need to watch out for those pipes, the joys of groundwork!

During the dig the building inspector from the local council takes a look and confirms the depth and soil type is suitable so we can just carry on and get them dug ready for concrete.

Finished footings ready for concrete

That’s it, job done and on to the next one! For more images or to see our other projects why not take a look at our Facebook page.

Paddock gateway repair

So it’s winter again and that means mud, lots and lots of mud! Read below about one of our recent paddock gateway repair jobs.

This was the case for one of our clients whose situation had gotten so bad they were unable to turn the horses out or even get muck to the heap, no problem though as our mini excavator and operator soon had the mud dig away, a hard base put down and smooth blinding material over the top making a very much needed improvement and immediately made the paddock usable again.

If you also have mud problems and need a paddock gateway repair then please do give us a call!

We have more images of our projects on our Instagram page. You can also see our other recent news here.