Diversification of a different kind!

The Farmers Guardian reports that an Essex farmer is turning concrete and rubble into useful hardcore, having invested in a compact crusher to repair farm tracks and help avoid costly material disposal.

Looking for an opportunity to supplement income from the 120ha (300 acre) family farm at Dunmow, Essex, Josh Askew turned his attention to unwanted concrete and rubble.

“I saw a mini crushing machine at a show, and it was one of those eureka moments,” he says.

“I know a lot of farms where there are piles of concrete and rubble where a machine of this type could be used to turn unwanted material into a hardcore product for relatively little money, to repair farm tracks for example.

“It makes sense to recycle rather than spend money on skips and send rubble to landfill,” he says.

What started as an opportunity to hire out the crusher to farmers back in 2006, has developed into an established compact equipment hire business, complemented by mini digger hire and ground care equipment, which he operates from Neville’s Farm, alongside the family farming business George Askew Farms.

Around half his business comes from hiring to farmers, with the remainder going to builders and demolition contractors looking for a low-cost way to recycle demolition waste.

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