Machinery manufacturer New Holland is marking the 50th anniversary of production at its Basildon plant in Essex by investing in a community project.

The supplier, which has the only remaining tractor plant in the UK, is funding three initiatives at the Pioneer School, Basildon, which supports children aged 3-19 with special needs, such as learning difficulties and autism.

Transport will be offered and a sensory Chinese garden and playground built, including a model tractor.

New Holland’s managing director Andrew Watson described the project for the school”s 140 pupils “as an opportunity to give something back to the local community” after 50 years of  production in the area.

New Holland has a 2 km long tractor assembly line at the plant and makes mid range tractors there with the engines built in Italy and cab frames originating in France.

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