30 years of service to farmers and ground workers
The Early Years!
The business started about 30 years ago when my parents moved to Dorset. Like many businesses it started by chance. I found myself driving for a local agricultural contractor – it wasn’t a huge step to go from there to dealing in agricultural equipment.
I developed the business together with my wife and naturally enough the children (all of whom just happen to be boys) spent time with me while I was going about my work. Not surprisingly, they learnt by watching, whether it was buying or selling, loading or unloading or refurbishing the equipment in the yard. We moved premises more than once and now have our own yard in Semley. It’s called Shunters Yard because there used to be a station here which was closed by Dr Beeching. There was a large dairy and trains used to take the milk from here to London.
Here come the boys!
As they’ve grown older and left school, the boys have joined the firm one by one and now all work for the firm
Henry fell into place selling and day to day running the business. If you are looking to buy anything call Henry. Export/Selling/Running
If you are looking to sell anything or get an underwrite call George
Ed is now also involved in yard management and has become Henry’s right hand man for sales.
Toby drives the rigid truck, a new addition to our fleet. When he’s not out on collections and delivery he’s mucking in with Henry and Ed in the yard, he is also involved in ordering parts and spares for the machinery and workshop and gets involved in the maintenance and repairs.
Kim, my wife deals with all the paperwork and keeps a watchful eye on them all; after all, before they were big enough, it was just her and me doing the lot!
The business has expanded a lot in the last few years as the boys’ manpower has become available. The yard has doubled in size and so has our stock! We always have machines and equipment of all types in stock, ready for work! Our typical stock ranges from tractors and quads, to telehandlers and diggers and all in all shapes and sizes, along with many items of small machinery and equipment. We initially set up a website in 2008 to explore the possibilities and having found it to be useful, re-designed it in November 2016.
It is very much a family business. Although the boys have flown the nest, living in Semley, the focus is still very much on working together as a family unit and a team. But it isn’t all work, work, work!
Kim spends much of her spare time riding her horse on the Salisbury downs which are nearby but enjoys spending time with Robert and the boys.
I enjoy spending as many weekends as I can at our house in Cornwall or visiting family and friends but I am passionate about plant and machinery and I am very lucky that my hobby and my work are one and the same!
Thank you for your interest in us and we hope that you find whatever you need here at www.tractorsandplant.com.