Kingston Lacy, the former Bankes family estate occupying some 8,000 acres near Wimborne Minster in Dorset, has purchased a Ransomes HR3300T to maintain 11 acres of parkland and gardens adjacent to the main house at the National Trust property.
Head Gardener, Andrew Hunt, has worked at the historic house for the past 10 years and heads a team of four permanent staff supplemented by a trainee, a seasonal employee and 25 volunteers.
"We needed to replace our existing out front machine as it was a bit long in the tooth, so we looked around to see what was on the market. We contacted PJ Flegg, our local Ransomes Jacobsen dealer and they quickly arranged a demonstration of the HR3300T.
"We were impressed with its ease of use; the joystick control for operating the deck and the quiet operation; this is a very important factor as we have huge visitor numbers during the summer. We were also able to obtain the machine at a good price, so it was the ideal package for us."
Kingston Lacy was purchased by Sir John Bankes, Attorney-General to King Charles I, in 1635. In 1663 the house was built and has undergone numerous transformations since then. In 1981 it was bequeathed to the National Trust and remains the largest bequeath in the history of the Trust. Not only does it boast a superb house, garden and parkland, but there are 12 working farms within its 8,000 acres.