New forestry forwarder
Practicality Brown buys first Sampo Forwarder in UK

New Machinery – Sampo FR28 Forwarder

Practicality Brown have purchased a Sampo-Rosenlew FR28 Forwarder which now joins our fleet and we are the first company in the UK to buy this forestry machine in the UK.

“We had been looking for a lightweight, nimble yet powerful small forestry forwarder for a while, and this new machine fits our requirements well” says Alastair Beddall, Managing Director at Practicality Brown Ltd.

“Whilst we were delighted with our Rottne F9, production lead time became a priority to meet contract requirements for Tier 4 Final emission standards, which led us to explore the market.”

With its low dead load and high steering angle, the F28 is a nimble machine for efficiently transporting timber from stump to roadside.  It meets the required standards that we need and is perfect for our tree thinning requirements.

This latest edition to the Practicality Brown Tree & Vegetation Clearance fleet will be reserved for construction related works requiring high compliance and short lead time and not will not engage in long term forestry contracts.  We are therefore delighted to make the Sampo FR28 Forwarder available for short term hires in the south of England for high compliance works.


A small, agile 13 tonne forwarder, the Sampo F28’s specification includes:

  • 10-tonne load bearing
  • Articulated steering that turns 45 degrees for high manoeuvrability
  • Optimized weight division between front and rear axles
  • 710 wide tyres for low ground impact
  • Loading space length 4.4m bed
  • 10 metre reach crane specially designed for thinning operations
  • Comfortable cab offering good visibility and safety standards

We have been operating for over 35 years and today have an enviable reputation for an ability to respond to clients’ land clearance requirements, offering an extensive range of in-house trained resources and specialist equipment backed with health and safety accreditation.

If you would like further information on hiring our Sampo FR28 Forwarder, or have other Tree and Vegetation Clearance requirements, call us on 01752 652022 or email treeclearance@

Tree Surgeons
Expanding our Land Clearance Expertise

Practicality Brown Limited have recently acquired the commercial business of Midland Tree Surgeons Ltd, which reinforces its position as a leader in the land clearance industry.

Midlands Tree Surgeons (MTS) founded and managed for over 40 years by Robert Kennedy, until his recent retirement, has a strong reputation for professionalism and reliability in the development site clearance business, which we have every intention of continuing. We look forward to expanding our Midlands tree and vegetation clearance activities, with locally based expertise and resources.

Skilled tree surgeon

Extending our expertise

Managing Director Alastair Beddall announcing the purchase of MTS said

“It was a perfect fit, there are many similarities in the way we manage our business and in our high customer satisfaction ratings. We have worked closely together on several large tree clearance contracts in the Midlands area and the purchase of Robert’s company made commercial sense”.


Whilst the existing MTS telephone, website and email addresses are being maintained, all new enquiries are welcome at midlandtreesurgeons@

Midland Office: 01295 690011 Iver | Head Office: 01753 652022


We operate our own compliant fleet of specialist mechanised resources including:

5  Dymax Tree Shears up to 16”

8 Mulchers up to 400hp

2 whole tree chippers both 550hp

stump grinders

excavator mounted winch

forestry forwarder

heavy duty flail mower

remote control tractor mulcher

2 tree spades and more.

PBL’s chainsaw teams are based regionally and wood chip produced is processed at our own wood fuel hub into premium grade biomass fuel.


Forestry work at Centre Parcs, Woburn

After an 8 year planning process, Center Parcs opened a site at Woburn Forest to customers in 2014 and Practicality Brown undertook forestry work in the final stages. Previously a commercial forest, some trees were removed at the site to improve light levels on the forest floor and increase the biodiversity, allowing new species of plants to thrive.

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Satisfying Developers
Satisfying Developers

Satisfying Developers

Practicality Brown Ltd was approached by a regular developer client to carry out tree clearance on a newly acquired site prior to re-development. The programme included felling, processing and removing over 175 trees in a two day condensed contract, some of which had a girth exceeding 3m; our extensive range of machinery, trained and experienced operatives enabled the completion of this project, like many others, to time, budget and in accordance with the most stringent compliance measures.

Our tree clearance division operates UK wide, offering a fast and efficient service with a large fleet of no-burn tree clearance equipment, for any site clearance project in a range of environments on both brown field and green field sites.

Sensitive Vegetation Clearance

Sensitive Vegetation Clearance

Practicality Brown worked on the £380m road building project on the A46 Newark, over a number of months.

Some of the clearance included ecologically sensitive work such as stump grubbing in Great Crested Newt habitat. We worked closely with
main contractor Balfour Beatty Plc and ecologists from Scott Wilson to carry out the works thoughtfully using the right equipment at the right time.

Major road clearance
Major Tree Clearance A46 Nottingham and Newark

Major Tree Clearance A46 Nottingham and Newark

Practicality Brown were asked site clearance works on the A46 near Nottingham by Balfour Beatty plc.  It was no ordinary road scheme as there were tight deadlines with a short notice period and involved a team of 6 excavator mounted Tree Shears, whole tree chippers, timber forwarders, 3 crews of experienced tree climbers and chainsaw operators, and full time supervision. A letter Read more