Bat wing rotary maintains magnificent grounds at Burghley House
By Peter Driver
Supplied by local distributor, Lawn Mower Services of Wellingore, the new wide area mower is being used throughout the estate to maintain the grassed areas within the Capability Brown-designed parkland setting.
Richard Allam, head gardener at Burghley comments,
"We looked at, and tried, a selection of wide area rotaries but the HR-6010 provided us with better productivity and a better finish than other machines. As we are sharing the machine with our forestry colleagues, who will use it to prepare dedicated areas for major events, we had to have a machine that was robust, powerful and with plenty of traction for the slopes and gradients throughout the estate.
"With a cutting width of just over three metres and a 60hp turbocharged diesel engine plus parallel series four-wheel drive it met our criteria perfectly."
Burghley House was built between 1555 and 1587 by William Cecil, Lord Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I. The house has passed down through the family to the present day; the current custodians being Mr. Simon and Lady Victoria Leatham. Direct ownership of the house and its contents passed to the Burghley House Preservation Trust upon the death of the 6th Marquess of Exeter in 1981.
The gardens, including the entrances around the estate, cover 35 acres and the entire estate is approximately 10,000 acres.