New Findhorn Directions (NFD) Ltd

Snow and Ice

'Tigger Two' the new NFD tractor is purring away and ready to go this winter. We also have a new addition to our arsenal - a mechanical brush that will be ideal for clearing light layers of snow.

We have also improved the snow plough and built up large stocks of salt to spread on the roads. All reports say that this may be another harsh winter, but we are well prepared.

NFD have re-stocked the grit boxes that can be used on the public access footpaths with over four tons of grit. They have also been re-sited to make them more accessible to where the grit is needed.

We will not be using sand or grit on the roads because when the snow does thaw, we don't want it to block the drains and create an even bigger problem.

If you want to report that a grit box is running short, or that there is an icy patch on a road, please click on this link to send an email. Please note that private pathways, steps and entrances are not covered and are the responsibilty of the owner or tenant.

Why use salt?

We use salt because it mixes with the ice to create a brine that does not freeze (until about minus 16C). When it thaws the brine will be washed back into the sea via land drains. Rock and grit is not used because it is ground into the road surface by vehicles, which creates small openings. These are then attacked by the action of expanding ice which makes the holes worse.
Such effects substantially reduce the working life of a road surface.

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