Any suggestions for keeping warm if/when cold winter weather strikes?

There is a lot of really good clothing that is well suited to outdoor work. If you regularly ride a quad bike or other vehicles or machinery with a 12V supply, you might consider investing in heated clothing. Clothing like HotWired, available through Ransomes Jacobsen (, gives you all the protection you could wish for in cold weather.
The range includes socks, mittens, over trousers and working jacket – each with heating pads sewn into the lining to provide soothing warmth just minutes after plugging into a 12v supply. Ideal for golf course and estate workers, the jacket and trousers also offer protection from wind and rain. A separate adjustable temperature controller can be purchased to control the desired heat output.
For duties on the ground you should look for good-quality thermal items. Check out the range of clothing for outdoor work offered by Dickies on or call 01761 410041 for stockist details.
Another company specialising in outdoor workwear, including clothes for tree surgeons, is Severnside Safety. Severnside’s range is sourced from around the world and includes items from Canada and New Zealand. The range can be viewed on or call 01242 525811 for details.
Many clothing items incorporate modern insulating materials such as Thinsulate. As the name suggests, this fabric adds little to the weight of the item but greatly increases its thermal properties. You can see the wide selection of thermal clothing from FRS Countrywear of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, together with wool sweaters and fleeces at

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