IOG Scotsturf News: New company Slope Solutions offers maintenance contracts for steep slopes

Slope Solutions, a new start-up offering maintenance of steep slopes and banks, introduced itself to the groundskeeping industry at IoG Scotsturf last week.

The innovative business is built around allowing contractors and landowners to manage risk, according to director John Carmichael.

Using the remote-controlled Roboflail mower, the company is offering to take on the maintenance of steep slopes and banks for large landowners, contractors and local authorities.

The firm was founded by retired financier Allan Sutherland and former maintenance contractor Carmichael. They said they can offer a value-for-money solution to the problems posed by strenuous health and safety legislation and an increasing number of accidents.

Sutherland said: "Between the pair of us we saw the opportunity for this. I think because it is a tough time it helps us because the capital for these machines is so prohibitive. In large areas it is far more cost-effective to use the service we are offering."

The Edinburgh-based company owns one of only two Roboflail mowers in the whole of Scotland. It serves catchments including Scotland and the Borders region.

The mower, launched by Simon Tullett Machinery at IoG Scotsturf in 2008, can cover a 30,000sq m area in six hours and offers an unrivalled ability to climb steep slopes, according to the firm.

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