Yesterday saw a miraculous change at Old Ford Lock on the Regents Canal in Tower Hamlets, East London.
We are working under contract to Fountains, carrying out ongoing maintenance work for the Canal and River Trust. One of our “Aquatractor” weed boats works on the London canals through out the summer, cutting weed, removing litter and keeping the waterways looking their best.
Aquatic Weed Harvester Demonstration on 4th April 2017 from 10:00am
Braunston Marina is situated at the junction of the Grand Union and Oxford Canals and was originally developed at the turn of the 19th century as the waterways depot at the northern end of what was then called the Grand Junction Canal. It now forms a focus for those interested in the canals, their boats and history.
With the kind permission of Braunston Marinas management team we are holding a demonstration event where industry professionals can come and see two of our “Aquatractor” weed harvesting boats and get a close look at its unique features.
The boats “Jenny” and “Gordon” are based on a well tried and proven design. Capable of being trailered to site they are an efficient, reliable and agile workhorse capable of maintaining a high level of aquatic weed harvesting hour after hour. Unlike many boats the “Aquatractor” cuts and collects aquatic weed, which can then be deposited onto the bank or into a barge or trailer.
The purpose of the day is to show the two boats to interested professionals and riparian owners who might have an interest in learning more about this method of mechanical weed control. During the season we have one boat based in London and the others operate from Somerset, regularly travelling as far afield as Liverpool, the North East and the Broads.
There will be members of Kingcombe staff on hand to discuss particular problems and introduce you to the wide range of services we offer.
If you would like to come along, see the boats, walk around this historic site or enjoy a complimentary cup of tea and bacon roll at the Gongoozler’s floating café then please get in touch with Kelly to book a place on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01460 279200.
John recently started a new LinkedIn discussion regarding the use of herbicide against non-native aquatic plant species. Here’s what he wrote.
“Over the last 10 years most approved aquatic herbicides have been removed from the market. Now it would seem that Glyphosate is the next target to come into the sights of the EU legislators. I suspect that all environmentally conscious people would prefer not to be introducing chemicals into the environment unnecessarily. However, the potential loss of Glyphosate, which in the form of Roundup Pro Bio is deemed to be one of the safest products for use in or near water, would present us with real challenges, not the least being the control of non-native species such as Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed, Floating Pennywort to name but a few.
As a responsible company working in the field of water management and maintenance, Kingcombe Aquacare is keen to find alternative procedures if they exist, but for some of these pernicious plants, which are destroying our native habitat, often in SSSIs, spraying with Glyphosate is the only commercially viable means of control.
I would be interested to know where other Chartered Environmentalists stand on this issue, and whether there are alternative non-native invasive weed control strategies that are commercially viable and successful. Indeed, I would be keen to know where the Institute stands on this issue!”
The ramifications of potentially losing the last remaining effective herbicide are huge and will spark many discussions of how best to control infestations of these non-native plants
Wednesday 6th April 2016, it’s a big day for Kingcombe Aquacare.
Today at 12:00 noon we are going to launch our new weed harvester “Jenny”. She is being named Jenny in memory of our dear friend and colleague, who lost her battle to cancer in 2011.
The boat is launching at Coldharbour Boat Ramp at Ham near Taunton (which we built for the Environment Agency); this will be signed from the A358. There is space to park. The postcode is TA3 5NZ at the junction of White Street and Knapp Road.
If you are local and have a spare hour please do come and say hello. You can see the boat at work, either from the bank or jump in the passenger seat and talk to the operator as you go up river. Come and chat to our staff either about the boat or any other service that we can provide. We will be on site from 11am until 3pm, there will be pasties and hot drinks available.
“Jenny” is joining our other AquaTractor “Gordon” to deal with the increased workload to provide a reliable and flexible service.
Our AquaTractor weed harvester offers the following benefits for aquatic weed control:
A reliable, productive workhorse
Weed cutting depth to 1.950m
Weed free helix screw propulsion unit, directional through 180°, with hydraulically adjustable operating depth
Shallow draft (laden draft of only 325mm)
Hold capacity up to 5m³
Discharge speed less than 2 minutes
Less than 30 minutes to launch and prepare for operation = maximum productivity
On the whole we have had another mild winter so far. I tend to gauge it by how often I have to mow the lawn and I haven’t stopped yet this winter!
It seems as though the aquatic weed has been reluctant to slow down too and this has created an increase in the maintenance requirements for some of our clients. For those with smaller ponds it is possible to cut weed out and remove it by hand. However, this ceases to become cost effective when it comes to larger ponds and lakes.
Luckily help is at hand for those with larger bodies of water as many choose to use our AquaTractor boat to cut and remove the weed for them. The boat is extremely capable and is primarily used to cut and remove submerged weed, rafts of algae and collect duckweed. Last summer we removed masses of floating debris and weed from various sites.
We have seen a surge in demand over the past few years so we are part way though construction of another boat for use this year.
If you think you will need to use one of our boats please get in contact soon to reserve a space. We already have a lot of bookings so space is starting to become limited.
Scott Rice is the man to talk to. Contact him on our office number 01460 279 200 to see if we can help you. If you have a spare few minutes you might want to watch the video of our AquaTractor in action.