Stately home solves mowing problem with rotary from Ransomes

Wentworth Woodouse, a grade I listed building near Rotherham, has bought a Jacobsen AR522 five-deck rotary mower to solve the weight problems it had with gang mowers.

Head gardener Scott Jamieson said:  "We used to cut the lawns with a tractor and gang mowers but it was a very heavy combination and we couldn't get out when it was wet. Cutting along fence lines was also difficult due to poor visibility of the outside gang units.

"With the AR522, all this is a thing of the past. We can go out in most weather and achieve an excellent standard of cut. You have a good view from the operator platform, which enables us to get up close to the fence lines, and that reduces the amount of remedial strimming we have to do."

The machine was sold by Golf and Turf Equipment — Ransomes Jacobsens dealer for Yorkshire.

The 240-room house with the longest façade in Europe (185m) covers 2.5 acres and is surrounded by 150 acres of park and a 90,000-acre estate.



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