Charity chipping with Jensen raises over £40,000

by | Mar 8, 2020 | Featured Slider, Latest, News

The Jensen team at Machinery Imports were delighted to return for the third year to Wiltshire College. Supporting a fundraising activity that has reached over £40,000 since December!

Delivered each year at the Lackham campus, Wiltshire College and Jensen join forces with Dorothy House to chip over 3,500 unwanted Christmas trees collected throughout January from the Wiltshire and Swindon area.

Dorothy House is a charity which provides end of life care and support for patients with terminal illnesses.

In January, their volunteers collected more than 3,500 Christmas trees. Delivering trees to the Lackham campus. Where a Jensen A540 woodchipper, loaned free of charge from local Jensen dealer T H WHITE Groundcare, was on hand to reduce them ready for upcycling.

The session was delivered by Bill Johnston. Business manager for Jensen in the UK, who not only managed the chipping of the trees but also demonstrated and taught safe industry practice to students and apprentices on Lackham’s Horticulture and Landcaping courses.

The tracked A540 was the perfect woodchipper for the task. With a hugely powerful feed roller grip, wide infeed hopper and 8-inch chipping capacity. Making light work of the bulky trees and reducing them into a fine chip quickly and efficiently at a rate of 18m3/h. The chippings were then loaded onto trailers ready for use on woodland trail paths throughout the campus, making sure they found a second life and avoiding waste.

The A540 Spider is considered by many to be the ‘ultimate tracked woodchipper’. Its independently controlled hydraulic tracks. Making it agile, compact and manoeuvrable on flat, sloping and awkward terrain. Whilst retaining superb stability and exceptional ground clearance.

“Each year we are delighted to return and support this excellent fundraising initiative in partnership with Dorothy House and the team at Lackha.” Commented Bill.

“Not only do we help transform unwanted trees into something useful. We provide the students with valuable, practical experience in woodchipper use and safety. We help Dorothy House with their campaign which is always hugely successful and of great benefit in our wider community.”

Fran D’Argenio, Marketing Officer at the college, added:

“Lackham’s Horticulture and Landscape Gardening apprentices and students benefited hugely from the workshop. Chipping some 3,500 Christmas trees. The learners gained real hands-on experience and invaluable industry knowledge. As well as participating in a great effort for charity which raised over £40,000.”

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