360 degree 13 tonne digger in Gravel Hill car park

360 degree 13 tonne digger in Gravel Hill car park

 The wet winter months from November through to February caused a lot of damage to the road and car park surfaces. The tarmac along the 1 mile Forest Drive is fairly thin and after prolonged wet weather the hoggin sub-layer turns to porridge and heavy vehicles can break through the surface.

Tarmac entrance to Gravel Hill

Tarmac entrance to Gravel Hill

 The tarmac extends to the car park entrances and then hoggin or scalpings are used. These are loose graded materials which are rolled down to form a lasting surface. In total 85  square metres of tarmac patching were carried out, a new entrance to the Gravel Hill car park created, and the car park itself was enlarged.

Gravel Hill car park

Gravel Hill car park

 Gravel Hill car park is designated as the horse  box and bike car park and in recent years space had been a problem for both. By extending along the side and the far end of the car park capacity has been increased from 30 to 50 cars.

Alan from RJ Hoares

Alan from RJ Hoares

 Almost without exception all the digger work carried out at QECP over the last 10 years has involved a 13 tonne tracked digger driven by Alan. With a skilled driver the reach and finish is such that a spade or brush becomes redundant. As a consequence he is always a welcome sight for the ranger staff. 

Tarmac patching outside the visitor centre

Tarmac patching outside the visitor centre

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