Love Your Garden ? Yes we do

At last we can tell everyone…

A few weeks ago, the people at Spun Gold Television asked if we could loan them a couple of portable toilets for use on the set of an episode of Love your Garden with Alan Titchmarsh.

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Screen cap fro ITV’s Love your Garden transmitted July 5th 2017

Naturally we said yes, especially when we learned it was a good cause.

Identical twin sisters Rita and Betty who live in Salford have spent much of their lives devoting time to community causes and raising money to help others.

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Betty, Alan and Rita or is it Rita, Alan and Betty ?

They were packed off on holiday and like it or not, Alan Titchmarsh, David Domoney and Katie Rushworth  were coming round to give their garden a jolly good making over.

We sent two spanking new toilets up to Salford on a rainy Wednesday and the associate producer gave us the nod when things would be a buzziin, which was almost a week later.

We arrived to find a very busy crew tending gardens front and back and there in the midst of it all,  Alan Titchmarsh  busily presenting to camera.

And doesn’t this man make it look easy ? Once one take was finished, the director would have a quiet chat and then they might do another take, but shot from a different angle.

Then it was over the other side of the plot and up a ladder. There didn’t appear to be any reading of scripts, just Alan quietly working away.

Our Warrington service driver Teresa arrived out front to give the two toilets a quick spoodle.  As we were chatting, another familiar face came towards us filming with his phone at the same time and enquiring what we were delivering. It was co-presenter David Domoney.

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The talented David Domoney does something with Birch twigs

When told it was a collection and the nature of same, he commented this was something he wasn’t going to hang around for.  We did however end up on his now popular video diary.  David Domoney’s video diary

In the back garden, although were standing close to Alan, we didn’t actually get to speak with him as he was working non stop.  David on the other hand was buzzing around like a busy bee and always had a kind word for us as he passed by.

Another crew were filming him putting together a timber archway, there was so much going on.

Out back, Katie Rushworth and Alan were exchanging banter on fence restoration. Despite the busy atmosphere, everything in front of the camera was done in a calm and professional manner.

But you needn’t take our word for it, hob-nobbing with the glitterati of the gardening world.

We made our own little video of the event and were sworn to secrecy not to release any of our film until after the episode aired on ITV..

Now fortunately for us, Tardis Times our quarterly newsletter publishes early July, so we could write about the event and put a video link in and release it today, so here we are.

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But now we can talk about it. Did you see the show ?  Our toilets in the driveway ?

of course the finished garden was stunning, right down to rose bushes named Rita and Elizabeth, donated by the former Dean of Salford who knows the ladies well.

We really did enjoy being part of the action and meeting up with the crew of one of TV’s best loved garden make over shows.  If you missed it, try catch up on the ITV hub.

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Our little video is permanently on You Tube now.

 

 

All set for Glastonbury

Glastonbury official banner c/o Glastonbury official website

Yes, Tardis is doing Glastonbury again, well actually we’ve already done it, right by the iconic pyramid stage too !

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The iconic pyramid stage at Glastonbury

In our case, despite having our banjo and washboards ready to give the performance of a lifetime, we were delivering waste tanks for use during the festival, forty eight of them to be precise.

 

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Second load of waste tanks for Glastonbury

First thing that shocks about Glastonbury site, is the sheer size. It’s enormous to say the least.

We arrived with the second batch of waste tanks, issued a special delivery pass by the organisers and then waited in a large compound to be guided to where the tanks were needed.

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Friendly gate security pic c/o Glastonbury official website

Shortly after, a friendly lad named Jason led us through acres of green farmland to a location right by the pyramid stage, where we unloaded the tanks and they put ID markers on them so they wouldn’t get lost when utilised around the festival site.

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Jason unloads the tanks from the lorry

With three weeks to go, the site was pretty busy all over and well organised.

Our banjo and washboard medley rejected on the grounds of talent, or lack of it, this year’s confirmed line up includes:

Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Barry Gibb, Katy Perry, Kriss Kristofferson, The Jacksons to name just the ones we’ve heard of.

This year, there’s over a hundred stages and supporting such worthy causes as WaterAid, Oxfam and Greenpeace.

Here at Tardis, we’ve a theory, based on the fact we saw nothing but green grass and firm ground everywhere we went on the site.  Therefore, they must ship all that mud in for people to wallow in.

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Offloading the lorry with the iconic pyramid stage in the background

It’s only a theory and like all of those like us who don’t have tickets for the entertainment, we’ll be watching out for the mud and the superb musical performances coming from Worthy Farm from the 21st to the 25th of June.

Glastonbury official site: http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/

 

Tardis team raises more money for worthy causes

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Seems like a job for Oxydol

Whether it’s individuals or groups, the Tardis folk are always doing something to raise money for charity or generally just muck about having fun.

May 27th is no exception when a small team from Brownhills including Nikki, Alice and Katie Collier are out to get riffy doing the Colour Obstacle Rush at Wolverhampton race course.

The deal is, we go to their just giving page for either Alzheimer’s or Cystic Fibrosis charities (links to either are below) pop some money in the pot and then on the day, watch them tackle a 5k run / obstacle course climbing over a plethora of inflatables and at certain points along the way presenting their tired little bodies to be pelted with colour bombs.

Seems a novel way to spend the weekend.

We’ll be posting reminders on social media on the run up to the day, so if you’ve a mind to help the causes they’re supporting, give one of the links a click and make a donation.

https://www.justgiving.com/FUNDRAISING/TEAMTARDISCOLOURRUN

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamtardiscysticfibrosis

You’ll believe a toilet can fly

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Amazing flying Tardis

Our portable toilet service stars certainly find themselves in some odd locations when it comes to looking after the portable toilet units we have on hire.

None more unusual one rainy Wednesday over in Birmingham recently when we visited a construction site to conduct the weekly service.

“Where’s the second  toilet”? enquired Gary, the Tardis service driver.

Look up came the reply as the Tardis toilet descended from the top floor of the office block under construction and gently alighted by our side.

It’s a couple of months to April fools day, but we kid you not. This Tardis toilet really does fly and it doesn’t need jet propulsion.

People working on this construction project need access to toilet facilities all those floors up, so the solution is a special frame for the toilet and a very cooperative crane driver to hoist it down to ground level for cleaning.

As we said, it was a filthy day weather wise, but we did manage to capture the toilet going up in the world, being returned to its resting place up there in the clouds. See the video.

 

 

Holiday closure 2016

As you’ll no doubt be aware, Tardis Environmental is a 365 day operation, but we do close the offices at Christmas.

We will as always, provide emergency cover, with our 0800 number automatically connecting to the emergency contacts.

We certainly hope your Christmas and new year are disaster free, but be safe in the knowledge that we’ll be on hand if you need us during the holiday closure.

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Winter preventive maintenance

 Winter preventive maintenance  an ounce of prevention…

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Who’s had to scrape the frost off their vehicles more than once this week?

December 1st marks the first day of the meteorological winter.

We thought it timely to remind those of you with water storage on site that’s aided by on demand pumps that it’s time to do some winter preventive maintenance to save inconvenience and damage to the pump.

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Typical on demand electric pump

If the temperature falls to 1 Celsius or below, you should take the pump out of service. Remove it from the water supply line, drain it and store it in a warm environment (indoors) until the temperature rises again.

When it comes to water pipework, we recommend lagging to minimise the chances of pipework freezing up. The pipework we use on site is 25mm dia and so 27-19mm lagging is ideal for the purpose.

Pipework will begin to freeze at around -2 degrees c. Pumps as mentioned earlier can be boxed in, but make sure the box has some ventilation.

Lagging should be applied to the whole pipework route, from the exit point of the bowser past the pump and into the cabin or appliance.

Bowsers themselves will rarely freeze to the point of being rendered useless due to the large body of water inside them.

Don’t be tempted to add anything to the water. You risk not only diminishing the quality of the water in your system and damaging the pipework and pump.

We publish a number of guides on maintaining and priming on demand pumps and the links are below. These can be downloaded in PDF.

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Click any thumbnail to download or view the relevant pdf

Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Halloween and something strange is a happening at Tardis Environmental

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As the clouds parted and a full moon shone over Tardis HQ, odd things began to stir.

On the hire desk, in accounts and out in the depot yards, normally placid and gentle folk started to garner a taste for other people’s brains. Flesh began to creep, and an odd green pallor overcame tanker captains and hire desk operators alike.

All found themselves struck with hunger, a hunger a Snickers bar or a pot noodle would no longer satisfy.

As tortured souls in the transport department tapped away at computer keyboards with gnarled withered fingers that occasionally snapped off, the PDAs were loaded with the day’s routes and a worried public cried “they know where we live”.

As tanker wheels rolled, now ravenous zombie hordes made a bee line for the shires and as they drove, the hunger burned inside.

werewolfyNo one will be spared on all hallows eve

Septic and welfare tanks would be emptied and afterwards (once the job was signed for) there’d be feasting aplenty.  A juicy kidney for an entrée, a nice bit of neck fillet followed by a good gnaw on a thigh bone on the journey back to the depot.

So, for everyone in the mortal world who’s booked a tank or toilet empty today, a water fill or has a road sweeper job scheduled. Take a look at the little video we put together and try not to have nightmares.

Happy Halloween from all the ghoulish good folk at Tardis.

Better than an Oscar

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A big envelope arrived in the post this week and when we opened it, we were cock a hoop.

A couple of months ago, we put out a Tardis portable toilet on loan to one of our clients at a site where a special house conversion was being carried out for a children’s charity. That’s all we knew at the time, but we were happy to help.

We learned that the conversion was being featured in BBC’s DIY SOS TV programme as yet to be aired and the project is a “home from home” for children with cancer.

The organising charity is the quite well known Harry Moseley Help Harry Help Others and as you see from the pictures, the team had quite a job on their hands with the renovation project but as you can also see left a little palace behind them.img_1746

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And with a lot of hard work…

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The Cassidy Family from Stetchford in Birmingham now have a beautifully decorated and restored property to care for three year old Emily who has been undergoing treatment for cancer in the USA.

So, what was in the envelope.  As well as the letter of thanks, pictures from the project, a magnificently swish participant’s award with our name on.

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Better than an Oscar

We’re so proud of it, we’ll be putting it on proud display in the reception of Tardis HQ in Brownhills.

We’re not aware of the transmission date yet, but when we do get wind, we’ll post it on our social media feeds Twitter, Facebook etc.

Tardis would like to thank Help Harry Help Others, Georgie’s Respite Renovations Team and Colmore Tang. Our pleasure having been a partner on your project.

Autumn “leaves” little to the imagination

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Did we imagine that, just there out the corner of our eye, was that really a leaf falling from the trees already.  What happened to summer ?

Indeed, it was. The September song has begun, we’ll soon be wading through autumn’s golden gown unless there’s a Tardis road sweeper on the scene that is.

OK, so enough with the golden gown stuff…   Autumn leaves can and do cause problems especially when they get wet and start to decompose, making a gooey mulch that can be dangerously slippery on roads and paths and does a good job of blocking drains.

Luckily, our stalwart road sweeper fleet can take care of all kinds of debris that needs cleaning away. Leaves, mud litter.

We also have sweepers with a gully arm which can take care of blocked drains and manholes .

We sweep car parks, construction sites, quarry roads and entrances and of course streets and avenues where those pesky autumn leaves just keep piling up.

If you’re in need of a sweeper, then just call one free number nationwide, chat with us detailing your need and where you want us to appear and leave the rest to us.

Here’s a strictly autumnal little film showing one of our machines cleaning up, but of course we’re a 365 days a year operation in all aspects of our work.

One free number nationwide:  0800 731 0589

 

 

Events require military style planning

Tardis marches in time

Whilst we aren’t event planners ourselves, Tardis has been involved with many festivals and events each year since we began hiring out our portable toilets in 1991.

And so, we are well placed to offer advice to those planning for an influx of visitors for an event, at least where sanitation is concerned.

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Increasing the number of urinals when the gender split leans to the lads

As part of your almost military style operation, consider how many folk are going to be attending. What’s going to be the gender split, if it’s predominantly male for example, you can reduce “loo queues” by increasing the number of urinals you provide over Tardis toilets.

Will there be alcohol served? This definitely increases demand on toilet facilities and should be factored into the grand plan.

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Disabled toilet facilities are a must at any event

Remember also to provide specially designed toilets  for the disabled and of course if you really want to show you’re on the ball, showers and hand wash facilities too.

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4 bay shower trailers on site

All of these we can provide to enhance your event.

But it’s not just a matter of putting your toilets out in a line and opening the gates.

Those toilets will need cleaning and replenishing which will require a rota based on the number of toilets, the envisaged number of visitors and of course the duration of the event. For example, if you’re running for more than a day and there’s overnight camping, this all adds to the demand on the facilities.

Also where campers are concerned, you should provide a separate disposal point to allow them to empty their waste rather than have them to pour it into the toilet units.  Ensure your guests know where these points are located to keep the toilet units at peak operating performance.

The reason for this is there’s a fine balance between the amount of biochemical solution and of course the physical storage capacity of these units.

Campers have a habit of pouring their “stuff” into the toilet units causing them to fill or overflow more quickly than with regular use.

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A line of Tardis toilets ready for use

Siting your toilets is also pretty important for two reasons. Good firm ground which if it rains you want to remain good and firm. Our service vehicles which can be a full sized tanker need to be able to get close enough to empty the units and not get bogged down in mud.

Also at busy events, you’d be surprised at how many people will still want to try use the toilets when there’s a crew cleaning them up.

This is where good event management comes in. Cordoning off the units being serviced is a good idea or at least marshalling people away to another facility.  It all makes for a smoother operation.

If you’re in the process of planning an event, give our team a call to discuss the options.

Call 0800 731 0589

www.tardishire.co.uk