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Brentford CRT Hangar on the Grand Union Canal – London

Lots of notifications regarding Floating Pennywort (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides) this month.

“Gordon” the Kingcombe Aquacare weed harvester, was directed to the Brentford area to clear up large infestations of the problematic weed.

This non-native invasive species originally from North America, has spread across the UK since the 1980s and has the potential to grow a staggering 20cm per day.

Non-native invasive species, are considered the second greatest threat to native wildlife and they cost the UK economy as a whole up to £1.7 billion a year.

By stopping the spread at an early stage, it is much more cost effective than attempting to control species once it has become established.

The Aquatractor with its moving bed and side cutters, takes no time to cut and remove the Floating Pennywort and place it in the waiting hopper barges.

Once the bulk has been removed, we would recommend careful hand removal of fragments,  followed up with a herbicide application where necessary.

To find out more about this invasive weed and others why not take a look at the Plant Tracker App. Click here to download here

American Skunk Cabbage Control On Behalf of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and The New Forest National Park Authority

For the second year running we have taken part in the invasive non-native species control as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded New Forest ‘Our Past, Our Future’ Landscape Partnership Scheme.

American skunk-cabbage (Lysichiton americanus) is present in several locations in and around the New Forest National Park.

Under European Union regulations, it is an offence in the UK to keep, cultivate, breed, transport, sell or exchange this species, or release it, intentionally or unintentionally, into the environment.

American skunk cabbage is a large, imposing perennial producing paddle-shaped leaves up to 1.5 metres tall and yellow arum-like flowers in spring that are spectacular but foul-smelling (hence the name). Originally from western North America, it was widely available from garden centres and nurseries for planting besides ponds and in bog gardens.

It spreads vigorously in wet woodland, wetlands and ditches, forming dense stands that out-compete native vegetation by shading and smothering. Reproduction by seed in the wild is frequent. It has been reported in at least 10 EU countries.

We are just recording the results from our late May treatment and the dieback looks promising.

The large site presents awkward access bordering a lake and approximately 1 hectare of boggy woodland often requiring a long walk in full PPE and a heavy Knapsack. Due to the densities of the plants we have used spray paint to mark individual plants and a flag system to help navigate the woodland.

Late June 2016. First treatment – difficult to navigate through plants. Note the yellow markers
Late May 2017. Fewer plants, smaller and easier to move around

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lone plant in the upper reaches. Treated in 2016
Late May 2017. Same location as image to the left. Plant dead and no sign of new seedlings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 weeks post treatment – Dieback evident

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To learn more about weed control, please click here

What a difference a day makes

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.

Here are more details of our weed boats: http://kingcombe.com/aquatractor/home/

Kingcombe Aquacare Weed Boat Day

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.

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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.

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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 ke@kingcombe.com or call 01460 279200.

The Marina itself is located here: http://www.braunstonmarina.co.uk/Contact-Find-us

Get in touch if you are able to come along, we would love to see you.

http://kingcombe.com/aquatractor/home/

Job Opportunity in our Maintenance Division

We are a National Company based in Somerset, specialising in the Construction and Management of Water for Landscapes, Fisheries, Leisure and Conservation.

An exciting opportunity has arisen in our

Maintenance Division

To carry out regular maintenance tasks for a wide range of water features on both commercial and private properties. The work is likely to include operating specialist machinery, weed cutting and control, herbicide application, seine netting, electro-fishing, fish transportation, planting, bank revetment and maintenance, liner installation and repairs as well as larger construction projects.

To be considered for the role you will have the following skills:

  • Relevant grounds or water maintenance experience a distinct advantage.
  • Hold a current CSCS card and relevant training certificates.
  • Able to establish good working relationships with clients, agents & sub-contractors.
  • Hold a clean driving licence and must be willing to travel nationally.

Benefits for this role include a competitive salary & working away allowances.

This position is based in Bristol.

For an application form call Kelly Eglon 01460 279200

Closing date:  24th February 2017

Kingcombe Aquacare Limited

An Equal Opportunities Employer

An ISO Quality 9001, ISO Environmental 14001, OHSAS 18001 Accredited Company

Tel: 01460 279200

Work in Progress

2017 has got off to a good start with projects underway around the country.

We are working in East Sussex on a splashpad as part of a leisure park development. The site is at Camber Sands near Rye, and is a new feature being installed as part of the redevelopment of the holiday park. So far we have experienced torrential rain and freezing temperatures but the project is moving on. One of the quirks of working on sites like these is that the client provides the accommodation and the site teams end up staying in the park mobile homes. Whilst these are great for family holidays in the summer months I am told they get a bit chilly when the temperature outside is minus 5 degrees C.

At the other end of the country we are working on a very similar scheme at Stibb near Bude in Cornwall. Another splashpad development on a holiday park but here we are working very closely with the Main Contractor who is building the control and plant room next to the splashpad.

These projects are running to strict timescales to allow the work on the surrounding areas to be finished before the parks reopen and take holiday bookings.

Sandymouth Splash Pad 2

In complete contrast we have just started building a 6m deep pumping station and associated valve chamber with ancillary works on a sewage works for Wessex Water. The site is about 10 miles from our offices, so gets lots of visits from everyone. It also means that everyone gets home at night.

We are also involved in work for a government agency along the sides of the River Severn within site of the Severn Bridge. This must rate as one of the most bleak and cold places in the South of England. When the wind is blowing up the estuary bringing rain from the Atlantic it is not a pleasant place to be.

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Handrail fabricated in our workshop

The winter maintenance of the weedcutting boats is underway and fabrication of platforms, structures and stairways is keeping the workshops gainfully employed.

Despite the cold and recently wet weather everyone is cheerful and looking forward to the advent of spring, longer days and hopefully better conditions to work in.

To see the wide range of services we offer please visit http://kingcombe.com/water-maintenance-services/

Aqua tractor fully laden and starting to unload

Our new aquatic weed harvester, “Jenny”

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
  • Extremely manoeuvrable
  • 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 productivityAquaTractor - an efficient, effective and reliable aquatic weed harvester, in action
Large trash screen ready for galvanising - Kingcombe Aquacare rivers, streams and canals services

Weed Rack Fabrication

Kingcombe Aquacare Ltd were engaged to fabricate and install a weed rack as part of the Environment Agency’s Water Level Management Plan at Bodenham, near Salisbury. The rack was made to EA specifications in our workshop at Crewkerne. The process included full assembly in our yard (pictured above) to check for accuracy. The structure was then sent away to be galvanised to the required standard. It was delivered to site in kit form and installed into the river.

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