The organisation that works tirelessly to keep the local green looking its best, the Hixon Millennium Green Trust, asked if SSC Laser could help with the increasing costs needed for grass cutting that the Trust has to cover every year. The cost of making sure that the green is always at its best is no small amount, with over £1000 needed every year.
The Trust, like many in different villages up and down the country, do not receive any grants or other financial support to maintain the green year-round, meaning that the Trust must fundraise via various different methods to fund the money required each year.
In a generous, bold move, SSC Laser, who is one of the UK’s leading laser cutting companies that also provide flatbed laser cutting and profiling for the lawn mower industry, teamed up with Allett Mowers to pay for and donate a mower to the Trust in lieu of a financial donation.
The donation of the mower has helped the Trust in reducing the contractor costs it incurs on a yearly basis, whilst also giving the Trust the freedom to cut the grass as often as they need, meaning that the green can look even better all year round. It also means that the Trust can focus their fundraising efforts on the other parts of the upkeep efforts.
“Initially, we thought we could be an annual financial donation.” said Austin Jarrett, SSC’s CEO, “but we quickly released a more practical solution would be to provide the Trust with a mower of their own” Austin added “It’s not one of our precision mowers, which can cut grass down to the 1.5mm height demanded by Premier League clubs in England and the World Cup venues in Russia this summer, but we have sourced a mower that can cope with an undulating site”.
Susan McKeown, Chair of Hixon Millennium Green Trust, said “I’m absolutely amazed by the hugely generous gesture by SSC. It’s very hard to raise the funds we need a year just to maintain the green and cover insurance premiums. By having a mower of our own, we can save nearly all the mowing contractor costs and we will be able to cut the grass more frequently, meaning it will also look much better. We could never afford to buy a mover of this quality. The money we raise at future annual village fetes will be used to make landscaping improvements on the area.”
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