On july 4th 2012 a group of 18 Rotarians and partners visited Bretts Aggregate & Landscaping installation at Cliffe, on the Isle of Grain. The visit was organised by the Vocational Service Committee.
photos by Jenny Anderson
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we all liked the safety gear
...as well as the food afterwards
Two minibuses collected us at Brett’s Head Office in Chartham and transported us to Bretts Aggregate and Landscaping works at Cliffe. The reassuring figure of Tim Brett was there to greet us on the wind swept quayside, and explain our day. We boarded the Britannia Beaver which is dredging for the London Gateway project, the largest container port in Europe. We saw 5,000 tons of sand being discharged on to shore based conveyor belts. Apparently 3.5 million tons will be dredged up.
We were conducted around the dredger by various ships officers who clearly took pride in the way the ship is maintained. We then had an excellent buffet lunch, followed by a presentation on the landscaping side of the business. Three fully automated production lines churn out millions of paving stones a year, and we had a chance to see the whole process.
A really good day, excellently organised and presented. Where there’s muck, there’s money!!