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Kubota’s photo competition returns

Kubota’s photo competition returns: The #MyKubota photo competition is back, and Kubota UK is inviting all Kubota operators to take part, with the chance to win a £200 retail voucher and a number of runner-up prizes.

Running from the 3rd to the 31st of May, operators are invited to submit an image of their Kubota machine to the Kubota UK Twitter or Facebook page, using the hashtag #MyKubota, along with a few words on why their Kubota is their machine of choice.

Kubota’s photo competition returns

Kubota’s photo competition returns

Crucially, this year’s #MyKubota competition will be judged by a group of independent panellists, so entrants are encouraged to be as ambitious and creative as they like. But please make you follow all relevant safety guidelines, when getting that shot.

The lucky winner will be presented with a £200 retail voucher, while eight runners-up will receive an exclusive collection of Kubota merchandise.

David Hart, managing director of Kubota UK, said: “#MyKubota is a great opportunity for Kubota users of every stripe to show off and celebrate their machines alongside the entire Kubota community. Having such a diverse and versatile portfolio within agriculture, ground care and construction machinery, used in diverse environments and situations, we are looking forward to seeing what our customers come up with.”

To stay up-to-date with the competition, follow Kubota UK’s Twitter page at twitter.com/KubotaUK, or like the Facebook page at facebook.com/KubotaUK

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Plant based podcast returns

Plant based podcast returns: On Sunday 8th March, The Plant Based Podcast will return for its third series, bringing with it a brand-new sponsor and a stellar line up of guests and famous faces.

The podcast launched last February and became an instant hit, amassing a large audience tuning in for the latest plant-based news, features and interviews every fortnight.

Plant based podcast returns

Plant based podcast returns

Series three is set to continue exploring everything plant-based the planet has to offer, being bigger and better than ever before! As part of this a new sponsor has been announced. Natural Grower, a manufacturer of plant based, chemical free fertilisers, is the proud partner for series three – with a commitment to inspiring growers to adopt an organic and sustainable approach it is the perfect partner.

The show hosts Michael Perry and Ellen Mary are prolific gardening writers, bloggers and presenters with a strong social media following that has helped catapult the podcast to the heights of the podcast charts. Their light-hearted and entertaining podcasting style has been a big hit with listeners of all ages with interests beyond gardening. The show is far from the usual gardening programme with the typical how-to gardening tips, instead it celebrates places and people worldwide with a true passion for plants.

In series three, Michael and Ellen will meet famous faces who champion plants, horticulture and plant-based living. Some of the brilliant guests booked for series three include Mark Lane, award winning garden designer and one of the presenters of BBC Gardeners’ World; creator of the world famous plant-based skincare range, Liz Earle; naturalist, television presenter and author, Chris Packham; and Alex Petrides, the founder of All Plants, the first entirely plant-based meal delivery service.

Ellen Mary commented: “Both Michael and I are overwhelmed by the success of the podcast, we had no idea what it would turn out to be or how popular it would become. It’s amazing that its success means that now we can attract big names like Chris Packham and Liz Earle to help continue to spread the word about just how amazing plants are. We’re thrilled to be working with Natural Grower, their company ethos is amazing, and we love the products. Their support has allowed us to elevate the podcast to the next level”.

Series three will launch on Sunday 8th March, and episodes will be released on Sundays fortnightly thereafter.

Fans of the podcast can now get even more plant-based news through Plant Based Podcast TV! Michael and Ellen have kicked off their YouTube channel which is proving popular with the Plant Based Podcast following. Plant Based Podcast TV brings viewers more horticultural hi-jinks and educational content, delivered in the signature Plant Based Podcast style.

Subscribe via iTunes or Spotify, and visit theplantbasedpodcast.net for more information. On the website you will also find exclusive content and articles to coincide with the topic of each episode, as well as further information about Natural Grower. Watch Plant Based Podcast TV on YouTube.

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Vincent’s Dig Dag Returns

Vincent’s Dig Dag Returns: West Country Kubota dealership, Vincent Tractors & Plant has announced that it’s popular Dig Day will return for a fourth year.  This year the event is being held on Wednesday 3rd April at the Ashbury Hotel, Fowley Cross, near Okehampton between 12noon and 6:30pm. 

The annual event allows visitors to put a range of Kubota excavators through their paces as well as find out more about the construction range that Vincent Tractors & Plant supplies.

Vincent's Dig Dag Returns

Nick Vincent, Vincent Tractors & Plant’s Construction Sales Person for Devon said “It’s not often that people get the chance to try out so many excavators in one location.  The Kubota range of excavators is world class, with the range starting at 0.8 tonne and going through to their flagship 8 tonne machine – the KX080-4”.

“There will also be a number of other different manufacturers there which will allow visitors to see a range of different attachments for excavators in operation.  We will have representatives from Kubota, Exac-One, Husqvarna, Engcon, Whites and Geith.  This is the ideal opportunity for people to find out more about the range of construction machinery that we can supply.”

Staff from Vincent Tractors & Plant, together with representatives from various manufacturers will be on hand at the event to answer visitors’ questions.

Everyone who is interested in attending the day is asked to register their interest either by calling 01726 860332 or via email jenna.k@vincenttractors.co.uk.

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STIHL Returns To Glee

STIHL Returns To Glee: Following the success of last year’s show, STIHL will be returning to Glee on 10th – 12th September to showcase its range of cordless garden tools.

As the popularity of battery powered products continues to rise amongst keen gardeners, STIHL’s Lithium-Ion powered cordless range is designed to meet the needs of domestic users. Delivering high performance, the affordable tools are supplied with either built in or interchangeable Lithium-Ion batteries, making garden tasks even easier to complete.

STIHL Returns To Glee

The full range now includes more than 35 light-weight, well balanced and quiet machines such as; chainsaws, hedge and grass trimmers, pole pruners, long reach hedge trimmers, lawn mowers and much more. These join STIHL’s range of electrical tools including pressure washers, grass and hedge trimmers as well as blowers and vacuum shredders.

Traditionally only available through its network of over 700 garden machinery and forestry specialists, STIHL’s cordless range is now also stocked in select gardening centres throughout the UK, including Dobbies and Hilliers.

Simon Hewitt, Head of Marketing at STIHL GB, said: “We’re delighted to be returning to Glee as the show presents the perfect platform to exhibit our range of accessible cordless tools and how they can benefit everyday gardeners.

“The STIHL Lithium-Ion range and award-winning STIHL Compact Cordless System have proven to be incredibly popular with domestic users, and we look forward to welcoming visitors to the stand to find out more about the products.”

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Goodwood Returns To Toro

Goodwood Returns To Toro: Goodwood has returned to Toro as it continues in its ambition to develop a ‘super fleet’ for its 12,000-acre estate based in Sussex.

The last time we caught up with Phil Helmn, general manager of sports turf and grounds at the all-encompassing Goodwood, he had taken delivery of a fleet of Toro fine turf machinery for The Downs and The Park golf courses in 2015 and said it signalled the start of a more structured approach to machinery operation.

Goodwood Returns To Toro

True to his word, we’re back in touch with Phil as he receives his six latest Toro purchases, all grounds machines to take care of the estate gardens, grassed lawn areas, the motor circuit, airfield and horse race course.

Phil says: “Since I joined Goodwood four years ago, it has been my intention to make the estate 100 percent Toro. It made good business sense to follow up from our fine turf machinery deal and develop the relationship with the brand. It’s far easier to deal with one supplier and share resources.”

Such a large enterprise as Goodwood comes with a wide set of challenges and having a Toro ‘super fleet’ enables three mechanics to become Toro-trained to a high standard to limit sub-contracting and out-sourcing. The estate will also now carry a range of parts for the equipment it operates to “drive efficiency”, says Phil, and allow for an instant response to any issues.

It makes sense then that included in the order of three Groundsmaster 3500-D mowers, a Groundsmaster 4300-D, two Groundsmaster 5910 mowers, and two UTVs – the GTX and MDX-D, is the new MyTurf servicing system.

The Pro fleet management program, myTurf, operates by automatically recording how long the machines have been in operation and how many hours they have accrued when they re-enter the maintenance facility and pass a sensor at the door. This allows the mechanics to calculate preventative maintenance and replacement parts needed, and machine history can be accessed by simply logging in to the system on a computer.

Phil says: “Fleet maintenance is crucial to the performance of the machines, and this is a much slicker way of keeping on top of that.”

Phil says the demonstrations required to make sure the machines he chose were relevant for the different areas, complementing wide ranging criteria, wasn’t actually as complicated a process as one may expect. “We performed due diligence with demos, but the process of deciding which grounds machines to get was actually pretty straightforward. When you know and trust a brand the decision-making becomes easy. For this recent order we opted for rotary mowers. The floating decks eliminate scalping and the rear rollers provides a really good striping effect. The finish is excellent.”

This latest Toro order is the culmination of a few years work for Phil, assessing how best to manage such a large estate and team. He says: “Having one big fleet has brought our four teams of 35 gardeners, groundsmen and greenkeepers together, to share techniques and skills according to the different environments they are using the machines on.

“Back in 2015, when the fine turf fleet arrived, my priority was to ensure the entire Goodwood enterprise was maintained to the same exacting standards. I have used Toro for most of my career and personal experience tells me it’s a quality product and will not let me down. The fact that I can now extend the same standards to the grounds here at Goodwood means we can deliver the best results possible across the entire 12,000 acres.”

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