The Broadlands Estate near Romsey in Hampshire, has purchased a Jacobsen Tri-King triplex mower from local dealer TH White Ltd, to maintain the formal lawns and roadside verges within the gardens and park.
The magnificent Broadlands House is the home of the Brabourne family, descendents of the late Lord Mountbatten.
During its history, the estate has hosted many great royal and historic events and previous owners include the Victorian Prime Minister Lord Palmerston.
The River Test flows for four miles through the estate, which features a stunning Capability Brown landscape.
Lee Greenham is the Gardener on the estate and is responsible for the maintenance of the formal gardens, the walled gardens and the verges on the many roads that bisect the parkland.
"The formal grassed areas were previously maintained by a contractor and they did a reasonably good job, but we didn't have the flexibility we required throughout the cutting season," he said. "Phil Marshall, our Landscape Manager, made the decision to bring the turf maintenance in-house and began the search for a suitable supplier and contacted TH White, who had just opened a depot nearby at Timsbury.
"They initially came out for a site visit, then returned with their recommended mower, the Tri-King, demonstrated it on the formal lawn and we were delighted with the finish.
We like to leave the grass quite long and the definition in the stripes was excellent. We've taken it on a five-year lease with five-year warranty, so we know we have the flexibility we need for at least the next five years.
"We also mainta in the roadways across the estate; we cut a single width down either side for added eye appeal and the transport speed of the Tri-King was another factor in the purchasing decision. It gets us to our chosen site quickly."
Lee Greenham has been employed by the Broadlands Estate for the past eight years. Prior to this he had a two-year spell as groundsman at the Hampshire Constabulary Southern Support and Training College at Netley near Southampton and then eight years as a chauffeur/handyman, again with Hampshire Police.
For many years he was in pop-rock band, Strange Harvest, which once performed at the Edinburgh Festival.