Road building anyone?

a1154a1154 Posts: 573

Hello, i have to make a way through my garden that the farmer can drive over in a tractor, which happens about twice a year.  in future i may need to get a car there with horsebox, so this is not just for the farmer!  I have made the borders out of wood and need to consider the surface.   

I have not much imagination and can only come up with 1. Grass.  Is cheap, but then i need to cut it and will get churned up by the tractor if its wet.  The soil  tends to turn to mud.   2.  Membrane then gravel (grey to match existing).  This would be more expensive, less maintenance, but im worried the weight of the tractor will just churn it up or drive the stones through the membrane.  Also a bit ugly as its a major part of the garden.

Really dont know what else i could do, but i suppose im asking how to build a road with v little money!  Any ideas welcome. 

 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,648

    Do you know which time of the year the farmer needs this access? - it will make a huge difference if it's only in the summer or in the winter.

    Also the size of the tractor and any implements it is towing will be important.

    Modern tractors can be huge. 

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • a1154a1154 Posts: 573

    only july for hay cutting.  Tractor plus trailer for hay.  I measured the tractor for the width of the road and took the trailer into account as they dont go round corners too well, so its a gentle arc.  Its a modern tractor but not massive. 

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 10,597

    Maybe an ex-MOD auction might have something in the way of tracks (she says, as a complete non-starter when it comes to things mechanical)

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 3,984

    Used to work for Wildlife Trust and we used a honeycomb type of plastic that grass grew through, it looked nice and as we used it as a car park I would assume it was fairly tough, cant comment on the price though.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • a1154a1154 Posts: 573

    Hmmm pics are loading upside down even if i flip them over first.  Ill try again. 

  • a1154a1154 Posts: 573

    sorted the upside down thing, the ipad seems to correct the orientation for you but not when its uploaded.

    first pic, just after the gravel drive the road starts...

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    Pic2 arcs round what will be a flower bed and the lawn

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    Pic 3 up to paddock gate

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     If it looks a bit of a building site it kind of is.

  • YviestevieYviestevie Kingswinford, West MidlandsPosts: 3,984

    thats a heck of a track to resurface, at the trust we also used to use crushed stone and use a wacker plate to make a hard surface (you can hire the wackers), it was a reasonable finish and looked quite rustic.  It was the road to our visitors car park so used to take a bashing.  If we got a pothole due to heavy weather we just had to add more stone and wack it down.

    Hi from Kingswinford in the West Midlands
  • a1154a1154 Posts: 573

    eh? What are the greyhounds for? Got 2 pointers.  

    The pond is big, just out of sight, i could post a pic coming back in the other direction. 

    There is a hedge you can see the green tubes along the fence. Oh you mean have a greyhound race track? Well its a thought. 

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