We were delighted to be able to attend the annual Christmas light switch on at Ballyrobert village in our own Co.Antrim.

Ballyrobert village residents attending the Christmas Lights Switching on event 2013 with tree provided by M.Large







The event literally brought the entire village out (and it was a wee touch wet too!) to celebrate the start of the festive season for the village.

Chairperson of the Ballyrobert Village Committee, Norman Lindsay had been in touch to say that unfortunately this year they did not have funding for a village Christmas tree, (and municipal ones like this don’t come cheap!)

Having helped Ballyrobert in the past, Norman had made contact to see if we could organise something again this year. The boss said that again, we would and it was a pleasure and a privilege to see how important a contribution it made to the community spirit. In addition to formally thanking M.Large at the event and drawing attention to our attendance at the event (blush!)  he also said to me afterwards…

” we are so grateful to Michael and everyone at M.Large for their help and are hopeful that by next year we may have access to some funding for the ongoing provision of our Christmas tree.”

He went on to say, …

“this is such an important event, one of the only ones that year on year get’s everyone out….”

and I have to admit with probably 250-300 people attending, there probably weren’t many residents missing…so he’s right!

Some held candles and traditional Christingles giving a sense of warmth and cheer on a chilly night.

Christingles at Ballyrobert Christmas lights switching on ceremony 2013


Traditional Christmas message and prayers at Ballyrobert  Christmas lights switch on ceremony 2013







The event was traditional in style with members of the local clergy giving a short address and calling peoples attention to the traditional Christmas message through carols and prayers after which a short address was made by the invited dignitary, the Mayor of Newtownabbey (…. who informed attendees that apparently Santa Claus  is a Man United Supporter by the way!…that went down well with some of the children!)

Lord Mayor of Newtownabbey addresses Ballyrobert Village at their Christmas light switching on ceremony 2013







After the formal programme had finished, the lights were switched on and the tree took on a new lease of life.

Lights go on the Ballyrobert Christmas Tree at the Christmas Lights switching on ceremony 2013







We think it looks great…well done Ballyrobert, good to see community spirit alive and well in tough times.

Oh yeah…then Santa arrived in a police car with screeching tyres and sirens blaring….but that’s another story altogether.




A lovely mild winters morning was the backdrop for the installation of the most important and celebrated Christmas tree in the country, the tree at Stormont.

M.Large arrived to the site shortly before 8 am with 2 x mobile lorry mounted HIAB knuckle cranes and a crew of 2 operators and an arborist.

The 15m giant tree selected by our highly qualified arboriculturalist team dwarfed the crane truck delivering it, so it was clear from the off this would be an impressive specimen.

M.Large trucks arrive to install christmas tree at stormont

M.Large trucks arrive to install christmas tree at stormont










Stormont's 15m christmas tree dwarfs M.Large crane truck.

Stormont’s 15m Christmas tree dwarfs M.Large crane truck.


The crane’s worked on a “top n tail” basis with precision to lift the tree, bring it to a standing position and carefully drop it into the installation hole, positioned just  to the right of the famous steps.

M.Large crane hire operators work top n tail to install Stormont Christmas Tree

M.Large crane hire operators work top n tail to install Stormont Christmas Tree










M.Large crane hire operators work top n tail to install Stormont Christmas Tree

M.Large crane hire operators work top n tail to install Stormont Christmas Tree











Once into the hole, further precise corrections by the skilled crane operators were made in rotating, tilting and even taking just an inch or 2 of bark off the bottom to make it fit…amazing how just a few inches makes all the difference even working with a huge example like this, (food for thought for us all when the home trees are being put up.)


Trimming the base of Stormont Christmas tree

Trimming the base of Stormont Christmas tree











Once straight and into position the tree was supported by a series of wedges sledgehammered into place on all sides to create a solid immovable installation.



A little off the side?

A little off the side?


And that was just about it.

Send the climbing arborist up to grab the crane lifting tackle, retract the cranes….and now it’s the turn of the sparks with the lights.

One hour of work=one month of seasonal cheer at the houses of power.

one hours work  =  one month of seasonal cheer for all at Stormont

one hours work = one month of seasonal cheer for all at Stormont




M.Large are now providing Lipa TLBE excavator flail mower heads.

These excavator attachments for mini diggers are designed for cutting, shredding and crushing grass and canes up to 3cm. The TLBE 70 and 90 model heads come with either 700mm or 900mm rotors and either 7 or 8 flail heads respectively.

Use with excavator tilting functions to reach inaccessible areas such as steep banks, near waterways or ditches.

The LIPA TLBE meets the needs of grounds maintenance and agricultural contractors and also presents an excellent investment opportunity for equipment hire specialists.

For more information, videos and downloads visit the machinery section of our website or to speak to one of our sales team ring on +442890 342838.



XXL-Forestry Journal article on M.Large

We were pleased to feature in Forestry Journal following having spent a day showcasing  and giving them the grand tour of our operation.

The article covered a little about our history, the progression and development of the company and featured some of the LMS design machinery, like the LMS Scorpion 440 tree shear and the LMS Woodbuster 870  (youtube’s are here)

We’ll say no more…and let Ann Berry from Forestry Journal do the talking instead. Many thanks for your time and effort and for showcasing us in your article -XXL.

M.Large featured in Forestry Journal December 2013 edition



Click on the article to download and read it in it’s entirety.

If you have any queries or questions or just wish to get in contact, please feel free to ring the sales line on +442890342838 or use our online contact form.

M.Large new website launched

For the eagle eyed among you, you may realise that this isn’t our old website…and you’d be right!

We have for a few months now been planning, scheming, concocting and populating a brand new shiny, right out of the tissue paper website…for M.Large and really …for you.

What do we mean?

Simple really….we built the whole site with you, our customers and supporters in mind, to inform you, guide you, serve you and assure you about our range of machinery and services.

Services and Company information


We’ve included detailed information about what we do and offer, how we conduct our business and how we excel in our field.

We’ll be featuring showcases on recent projects and those of particular interest on our blog, such as those which demonstrate and cement the relationship between our services and machinery sales divisions.

Here is where you’ll find our environmental and Safety policies, our accrediations, our corporate social responsibility section, and any other company information needed for selecting a professional tree works contractor or issuing an invitation to tender for related works.



We have built this section as a pure product catalogue.  With a  structured navigation system and  all content named and titled for search engine friendliness,  we have designed this section to get you quickly to the products you are looking for.

  • Product listings have all been built with detailed and crisp product images plus a “magnifier” to get in close to details, controls, features and the like.
  • Products also include key features or descriptions and full technical specifications.
  • One click buttons will print the page, share the content, request a price, request a demo and ensure we get in touch with you.
  • We’ve included videos of the machines and products in action so you can see the benefits brought to your set of specific requirements.
  • And in the additional information sections we have downloadable datasheets and brochures to view, save and print.
  • In the coming weeks we will also be adding sections to enable you to download operator manuals to keep you running and informed about the specifics of your machinery.

We’ve put a lot of thought into how we wanted this to work. We hope it works for you, however as with anything new, we understand it can take a bit of time to get used to.

Therefore we are only too happy to point you in the right direction if you can’t find what you’re looking for.

Just call on +442890 342838 or email on marketing (at) mlarge.com


first 2013 christmas tree arrives to m.large



…We all do it, we moan and grumble at seeing the big stores stocking mince pies and christmas paraphernalia from as early as September…we see it as a calendar marker, almost an early warning, along with those friendly words from friends in texts or on facebook, only x number of shopping days left til christmas…yes thank you very much!!!

There is however one thing that we at M.Large (and we think most of you) can’t help but see as a welcome precursor to the season of joy and goodwill, and that’s the arrival of the Christmas trees.

We were delighted to see the arrival of this magnificent 13M high example last week, to be installed for Ballymena Borough Council and we’ll be straight with you, a few were out in the yard, taking pics with our smartphones with big smiles on our faces.

First Christmas tree2_Fotor_Collage


















We like to believe there’s a little magic in a town’s Christmas tree and it brings a drop of community spirit and pride in seeing it adorned and standing proud in the places where we live.

So we’ll be snapping a few pics of the trees we transport and install, in the gallery below….and we hope it raises a smile or two from you too.

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As always, if there’s anything you see you’d like to discuss, we’re always happy to help on +442890342838 or marketing (at) mlarge.com