New tree shears make light work of overhanging vegetation

This week the Broads Authority has begun work using its latest piece of kit, a pair of giant tree shears.

One of the big challenges for the Authority is managing the scrub and trees alongside the rivers which encroach on the waterways and create a hazard for boats. Removing trees growing on the fringes of the rivers is demanding and dangerous work for the Broads Authority’ staff and volunteers and the Authority’s Members decided to buy the new equipment to both speed up the operation and reduce the physical demands on them.

Powered by a 14 tonne Doosan excavator mounted on a floating pontoon, the shears are capable of cutting through timber up to 250 millimetres in diameter. The rotating, cutting head means the driver of the excavator can work with precision to retain a proportion of the trees and vegetation that are important for bats, fish and other wildlife.

The tree shears have been in use for just one week at Barton Broad and already the feedback from the staff has been very positive. First indications are that in just one day they are covering three times the length of river bank compared to conventional approach. It is also proving to be a much safer way of working.

Tree shears in action

Haydn Thirtle, Chairman of the Broads Authority went out on site with other Members to view the tree shears in action at the northern end of Barton Broad. He said,

“This is an impressive piece of equipment, the continued investment in modern efficient machinery is paramount, the shears represent the perfect addition. It was heartening to see the staff’s genuine enthusiasm operating our latest acquisition”.

Chief Executive of the Broads Authority, John Packman, said of the tree shears,

“I am delighted that this investment in a new piece of equipment is proving to be such a success. It will make the whole operation safer and more efficient”.

Wednesday 31 October 2018