What is a bog mat?

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What is a bog mat?

What do they do and when are they needed?

If you work in construction or agriculture, you have probably had to move heavy machinery across soft land at some point. If you don’t, but you are planning to, you might be wondering how to on earth you are supposed to drive a tractor over a wet or soft building site.

And that’s exactly where bog mats – ground protection mats – come in.

A bog mat is a piece of durable matting that is laid across soft grounds to create a temporary road in areas that could not otherwise support heavy machinery. Places that use bog mats include construction sites, mines, event setups on delicate ground, conservation areas and incomplete roadworks.


What are the benefits of bog mats?

Bog mats have two main benefits: ground protection and access provision.

Ground protection is the main reason that bog mats are used in the events industry. When vans, utes and lifts are needed to set up an event, they often need to drive onto freshly laid grass or other delicate surfaces. Without bog mats, the vehicles would destroy the ground and the aesthetic of the event very quickly.

Conservation areas also benefit from the ground protection offered by bog mats. Scientists and conservationists sometimes need to access land with heavy machinery and vehicles, but it would be counter-productive if these destroyed the land in the meantime.

Bog mats protect the ground from damage by creating a solid, durable barrier that can withstand heavy weights.

From the other perspective, bog mats support machinery and enable access to areas that would be otherwise inaccessible. Soft ground does not let heavy vehicles travel far and attempting to drive even a tractor over wet ground can end in a bog situation.

Bog mats allow vehicles, equipment and other machinery to reach the less accessible areas.


When might bog mats be used?

Bog mats aren’t just useful to people working in actual bogs. To show how widely used they are, here are some less obvious scenarios that need bog mats.

  1. An outside wedding

If you plan to have your wedding outside, you are probably imagining beautiful white sand, luscious grass or fancy paving. You might, however, also be imagining beautiful tents, white carpet runners, an arbour and intricate strings of lighting.

Have you thought, though, about how to get all that to your location? The more remote, the more privacy and intimacy you have at your wedding. But an area that’s remote for you and your guests is also remote for your setup crew.

Bog mats allow events teams to build temporary road access to a location without destroying the ground.

  1. A coal mine

Coals mines aren’t best known for their environmental responsibility. From contaminating waterways to polluting the air, the entire industry is a cause of concern for many Australians. Many of these are unavoidable consequences of coal mining, but ground destruction is not one of them.

Obviously, any immediate surface being mined will be destroyed, but the ground around it can be easily protected with bog mats. They sit on the soft ground and create a strong, greppable surface for vehicles to pass over softer land.

By allowing a safe and sturdy passageway for large vehicles to pass through, bog mats minimise the destruction caused by the coal mining industry.

  1. A new countryside highway

Another industry that causes considerable environmental damage is roadworks. When a highway is built over a remote area, for example, it destroys not only the land underneath but the ecosystems around it.

Where animals live in the surrounding areas, roadkill is very likely, and noise and pollution from cars and roadworks damage the areas further. Bog mats minimise this additional damage while allowing construction to happen at all.

A temporary road created with bog mats lets construction vehicles reach remote areas until the highway being built is completed.

  1. A national park research project

National parks are intrinsically conservation areas, but research and renovation are necessary to maximise these efforts. Where humans interact with nature, some destruction is likely, but environmental scientists and park rangers want to keep negative effects close to none.

To allow access to protected areas, a temporary road is needed. To avoid destruction of a national park, researchers may use bog mats to build this temporary road.

Bog mats are a long-term solution to ground protection while research and development are underway.

  1. An archaeological dig

Like in conservation projects, archaeological workers do not want to destroy the landscape they work on. Where excavation is done, there may be evidence of ancient civilisations underneath the ground.

It would be counter-productive to destroy the artefacts and remains that archaeologists search for, so they need a solution to provide access without damaging the site.

Bog mats allow archaeologists to excavate hard to reach areas and protect the history that they search for.

  1. A farm after a storm

While tractors are often used on rescue missions for other bogged vehicles, they are not exempt from the possibility themselves. In wet areas that see heavy rainfall over fields and farmland, bog mats are a necessity.

As well as being dangerous for farmers, softer ground is more easily damaged. Protecting the ground is as important for a farmer’s income as is protecting a vehicle.

To prevent tractors from becoming stuck in soft, wet mud, bog mats create a solid surface with grip for tyres.


So, what are bog mats and how do they protect the ground?

Bog mats give workers the ability to access remote areas without destroying the surrounding environment. This creates employment opportunities, enables research to dive deeper and helps businesses to increase their profits and avoid financial losses.

As well as providing room for growth in numerous industries, bog mats protect entire ecosystems from habitat pollution and destruction. In industries that are fundamentally bad for the environment, they help to minimise the damage.

For more information about bog mats, feel free to reach out to one of the team. Our matxperts love helping customers find their perfect mat, so give us a call on 1300 628 746 or send us a message on the chat function below.

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