Sunday, 23 February 2014

Ground Protection Mats - The Show Must Go On

Last time out, we looked at how important a role ground protection mats might play for the humble, local car boot sale looking to combat the great British weather in tandem with protecting a piece of land that might not be owned by the organisers of the sale. It’s a double responsibility of ensuring everyone at the event remains as safe as possible and ensuring that the grounds or premises are respected and looked after.

A car boot sale may be a low key example but it does help us to see just how important ground protection can be. During the summer months, there are likely to be many thousands of events and shows taking place around the country, all of which will involve masses of people congregating in areas where people are usually few and far between in areas such as farm land, parkland or even just open countryside.

Perhaps, the biggest modern summer events are the huge music festivals that take place, with a whole collection of pop and rock stars trawling the country, performing at festival after festival. Each of these festivals involves massive amounts preparation and planning and most organisers now factor in ground protection into their overall calculations. As much as they must hope for glorious sunshine and ground that is dry, they know that the heavens may open at any time and soak the very ground that thousands of people will be walking and dancing upon. There have of course, in the past, been occasions where events have had to be cancelled because the ground is no longer safe but most properly planned modern events, tend to go ahead.

However, without ground protection mats, many more summer events and shows would be in danger of cancellation. There are probably also some land owners that simply won’t rent their land out unless they have the guarantee from organisers that the ground will indeed be protected.

As well as pop and rock concerts, there are lots of air shows, agricultural shows, car shows and a whole range of smaller village fetes and festivals all hoping to provide fun for the masses during the summer months. As organisers, it’s likely you already have ground protection issues in hand, but if you don’t please feel free to get in touch with the team at Ground Access Hire, who can not only hire out the relevant equipment but also provide plenty of advice about the best way to tackle the issue at your event.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Start Planning for Car Boot Sale Season with Ground Protection

At the time of writing, we might still be in the depths of the winter months but it will only be a few weeks before people all around the country will start looking forward to spring and the summer beyond. Springtime not only delivers the promise of warmer weather to come but we also see the first sprinkling of the events that have become a British institution – the car boot sale.

Across the British Isles and perhaps even beyond, people in villages, towns and cities will be rifling through their belongings wondering what they can take to the next car boot sale. All of those unwanted Christmas presents will probably be first on the list (if they didn't already end up in the charity shops during the first week of January), as we hope to recover some of the cash that we really shouldn't have spent over the festive period. Perhaps there are things around the house we have been meaning to throw out for years but have since seen on one of those many antique, bargain TV programmes might actually be worth something, so we kept hold of them and plan on trying to get a few pennies for them at the boot sale.

With a bit of careful planning, a boot sale can provide some much needed extra income, especially during difficult economic times – every penny counts.

The sales themselves are usually held on fields or car parks, perhaps on a piece of land next to a pub or village hall. However, despite the improving weather, the potential for a torrential downpour is always a possibility in the UK and longer spells of wet weather is also a possibility. If you are the organiser of a car boot sale, then you may want to beat the weather and hopefully avoid a cancellation or postponement by planning some protection for the ground and venue of the event.

With cars (obviously) and people (also obviously) likely to be moving across the ground, it doesn't take long for the ground to become a quagmire in wet weather. Ground protection mats are the ideal solution as they can not only serve as a temporary car park but also as walkways for the buyers and sellers to move about on.

Over on the main Ground Access Hire website, you can find much more information about how to protect your ground by using these special mats to ensure your event is a complete success.

Heavy Duty Ground Protection with Tuff Trak

If you are expecting lots of heavy machinery and in general lots of traffic and plant across the area that needs ground protection, then Tuff Track is an ideal solution. It’s been designed specifically to handle plenty of weight and can take up to 100 tonnes across its surface and still perform admirably.

In days gone by, building sites became unbearable and often unsafe places to be and this was in part due to the state of the access points that led into the site. Without any sort of ground protection, these sites quickly became mud baths as soon as any adverse weather set in. With dump trucks, Lorries, forklifts, diggers, vans and other vehicles all using the same access points, these areas quickly became impassable and certainly slowed the whole job down, which in turn cost more and more money.

Using heavy duty ground protection mats, such as Tuff Trak helps to ensure that many, if not all of these problems don’t occur. The surface allows for excellent grip and helps to prevent vehicles from moving sideways once on the mats. There are a host of other benefits to the system too and it’s also an eco-friendly product. If you want to learn more, please visit our main website over at