Mechanised Arboriculture

Fast, Safe, Cost Effective

Mechanised Arboriculture

Vegetation and ground management that's more efficient than chain saws

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Maximum Efficiency, Safety and Value

  • Fast, efficient, productive vegetation and site clearance
  • Minimal disruption
  • Huge cost savings
  • In-house Ecology teams protect surrounding wildlife
  • Large choice of state-of-the-art machinery to suit your specific project
  • Safer than manual labour and chain saws
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Ground Control has been delivering mechanised vegetation clearance and management services since 1973, serving a spectrum of sectors, each with their own unique requirements.

Using the most advanced machinery and stringent health and safety measures, our experts understand the need for timely and precise management – whether clearing a railway or highway’s overgrown borders, or preparing a site for construction work.

Our in-house ecology teams will always consider the surrounding wildlife and environment before conducting any works, and provide bespoke and robust solutions to mitigate impact.

Meet the Machines

Menzi Muck

The Menzi Muck is an incredible, versatile machine with an enormous amount of capabilities.  With its moving legs and incredible power, the Menzi can just about get anywhere. Capable of working on extreme slopes, this machine really does stand out. Equipped with bio friendly oils means we can work near/ in water environments / SSSI without risk of any contamination to the environment / watercourse.  With the legs standing as high as 2 metres,  there’s no risk to working in the water putting staff at danger.

The Menzi comes fitted with fully compliant ROPS, FOPS and FOPS protection knowing that the operator is fully protected at all times. Installed with Prolec also this allows us to set any height/slew restrictions perfect for working in rail and highway environments.

Attachments:

  • Westtech 350 tree shear: Equipped with the westtech tree shear the Menzi is able to get to areas which other 360 excavators are not capable of getting too. With a cutting capability of 350mm and huge amounts of power we can shear/dismantle large trees with ease. Fitted with the encon tilt rotator, the westtech can work in a lot of different positions making it safer and easier to dismantle large trees.
  • Intermercato Grab: With the Menzi being capable of lifting 9 tonnes, this set up really does allow us the move some very large materials.
  • Fae Mulcher: With being able to put 190L per min at 350bar of oil through the mulcher this gives us an incredible amount of power, being able to mulch some large materials on extreme sites this gives us the ultimate mulching combo.
  • Greentech Stump grinder: Being able to work in so many different environments, this allows us to grind out stumps that other alternatives cannot potentially get too. With it being on an excavator and having extra reach this allows us to grind out the full stump leaving just the grindings left remaining.
  • Various Bucket options: Various different options allows us to carry out all aspects of any works required. With the Encon tilt rotator this allows us to carry out works more efficiently.
  • Weed Rake: The Menzi and Weed rake allows us to remove all weedy vegetations from all them hard to get too areas especially with the Menzi being able to access the water.
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Kobelco SK270SRLC

The Kobelco is the largest machine of the fleet with the base machine weighing 27 tonne and some extra counter-balance added for extra stability when dealing with large trees at long reaches. The Kobelco is extremely low ground pressured and fitted with its rubber pads allows us to cause absolute minimal damage. Equipped with bio friendly, it can be used near or water environments / SSSI without risk of any contamination to the environment.

Fitted with its easy attachable extension arm and mecanil head, makes this perfect for dismantling very large trees. With 17m reach, there is not many trees it can’t deal with, reducing the amount of time and people on site makes it a great asset to have on any project.

The Kobelco comes fitted with fully compliant ROPS, FOPS and FOPS protection. Installed with Prolec also this allow us to set any height/slew restrictions perfect for working in rail and highway environments.

Attachments:

  • Extension Arm fitted with Mecanil Head
  • Westtech 550 tree shear: Incredible cutting capacity of 550mm, really makes this a safe and controlled option to deal with any large trees in difficult situations.
  • Intermercato Grab: Fitted with the Kobelco this allows us to lift and manoeuvre some extremely large materials.
  • Various Bucket options: Various different options allows us to carry out all aspects of any works required. With the Encon tilt rotator this allows us to carry out works more efficiently.
  • Ripping tooth: The Kobelco has a custom made tooth designed for pulling out large stumps completely out of the ground.
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Case CX130D

The case is a great all-round machine with various amounts of attachments it allows us to carry out all activities needed on a job without the need of other machine bringing to site. Fitted with dual pumps gives us enough hydraulic flow to run a mulcher/flail comfortably without worrying about any loss of power.

It’s low ground pressure and fitted rubber track pads make it great for sensitive sites where damage needs to be keep to a minimum.

Equipped with bio friendly oils means we can work near/ in water environments / SSSI without to risk of any contamination to the environment

The Case comes fitted with fully compliant ROPS, FOPS and FOPS protection knowing that the operator is fully protected at all times. Installed with Prolec also this allows us to set any height/slew restrictions perfect for working in rail and highway environments.

Attachments:

  • Dragonbite 350 tree shear: Capable of cutting 350mm this set up is great for cutting trees/ vegetation safely and efficiently
  • Intermercato Grab: Used together gives the perfect option to move large materials and feed our whole tree chipper.
  • Flail: Great for clearing woody vegetation and getting to them areas some other machines are not quite capable of. Also great for leaving a fantastic finish at the end of completed jobs.
  • Greentech Stump grinder: With it being on an excavator and having extra reach this allows us to get to areas other purpose built machines aren’t quite able to get too, also grind out the full stump leaving just the grindings left remaining.
  • Various Bucket options: Various different options allows us to carry out all aspects of any works required.
  • Ripping tooth: The Case has a custom made tooth designed for pulling out large stumps completely out of the ground.
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Kubota KX 080-4

The Kubota sports low ground pressure, meaning it can be used on very sensitive sites such as wetlands and tight spaces. Considering its compact size, it’s extremely powerful and versatile, and handles many attachments that can all be changed from cab.

Equipped with bio friendly oils, it’s safe to use near or in water and SSSI, without to risk of contamination to the environment.

The Kubota comes fitted with fully compliant ROPS, FOPS and FOPS for total health and safety protection. It’s installed with Prolec which for flexible height settings/slew restrictions, making it perfect for working in rail and highway environments.

Attachments:

  • Tree shear: Capable of cutting 250mm and with Encon tilt rotator makes it perfect for felling/dismantling materials safely and efficiently.
  • Intermercato Grab: Used together gives the perfect option to move large materials and feed our whole tree chipper.
  • Fae Mulcher: Used with the Kubota it is great for clearing small vegetation on very sensitive sites.
  • Winch: Fitted to the end of the excavator this allows an awesome combination to winch materials in areas that other winch machines cannot get access to, being able to reach over obstacles makes this a unique set up.
  • Various Bucket options: Various different options allows us to carry out all aspects of any works required. With the Encon tilt rotator this allows us to carry out works more efficiently.
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Bandit 20XP 315HP Whole Tree

The Bandit 20XP 315HP is a very large, radio remote controlled whole tree chipper that is built on a tracked base. For the size of this machine, it’s very impressive where it can go especially on sensitive sites where wheeled machines would cause a vast amount of damage in comparison to this tracked option.

With a Conveyer fed infeed of 26 by 32 inches, the bandit is capable of chipping large whole trees and can process material to produce 100 cubic metres of woodchip per hour.

This is an extremely productive chipper that removes all manual handling and people from the chipping operation.

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Valtra T254

The Valtra, with front mounted blade and grab comes with numerous attachments, including our TMC Cancelo Mulcher, that’s capable of clearing very large areas to a high Standard. The fixed tooth mulcher is capable of standing, cut vegetation and small roots. The mulcher cultivates the materials into small pieces leaving a fantastic finish.

We also have a RORO trailer that allows us to carry on chipping while unloading RORO skips with it being quick and easy to remove.

Our Igland double drum winch also mounts onto the Valtra tractor. With 12 tonne pulling capacity its perfect for extraction large materials from the hard to reach places, also ideal for assisting with winching over leaning tree’s.

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Valtra 172 V

The Valtra 172 V comes with several attachments including our Botex Timber Trailer which is perfect for extracting cut materials that require being removed off site. The materials can then be sorted into a spec where its then sent off to be used for firewood, building materials and biomass products making sure that nothing is wasted.

Also available is our 16 tonne dump trailer with flotation tyres, perfect for moving soil and rubble in wet areas, causing minimal damage.

We can also mount winches, mulchers, grass mowers and our RORO trailer

The Valta is fully forestry guarded, with upgraded glass, to ensure optimum protection for the operator at all times.

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Effective solutions across many sectors

We pride ourselves on offering cost-effective solutions for clients across many different sectors. A testament to our trustworthy team and our far-reaching reputation is the privilege to have worked with some of the biggest commercial names in the country, including Network Rail and Highways England.

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Working with some of the biggest names in the UK

Network Rail Highways England Severn Trent Water Anglian Water Southern Water Ground Control Environment Agency Costain Ground Control

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