Kobelco mini helps keep spirits up by creating back garden dirt track

A Kobelco mini excavator has been used to convert a garden into an off-road dirt track to keep one young family entertained during the current lockdown period.

Pembrokeshire-based groundworks and plant hire company owner Ashley Harden and his wife Gemma are proud parents of three ‘energetic’ young boys – William, Oliver and Freddie. Like many families across the country, they have been getting to grips with home schooling and the challenge of keeping youngsters entertained.

Using equipment from his business, including a Kobelco SK17SR-3 cabbed excavator supplied by Molson Compact Equipment, Ashley used his operator skills to shape the freshly delivered soil into a series of twists, turns, jumps and bumps.

He explained, “On my rare weekends off, the boys and I love to go quad bike racing all over the country, so this just seemed like the natural thing to do. So far, they have been racing around and trying to beat each other’s times on their mini quads, mountain bikes and anything else they can get to go around the track. Even the dog has been having a run around it.

“The Kobelco from Molson was the perfect tool for the job – small enough to get in our back garden without having to remove any fencing but plenty of power to quickly move and shape the 30 odd tonnes of soil before the boy’s excitement grew beyond control.”

Gemma added, “Although he says he has done this for the kids, we all know he did it for the biggest kid in the house really.”

Ashley celebrated his 30th birthday just after completion of the track, allowing him to enjoy a ‘day at the races’ without leaving home!