Restoring Family Roots: Robert Lazenby Reclaims a Legacy

Published on September 1, 2023

At age 17, Robert Lazenby was thrust into the role of caretaker for the family farm. Like many young people, he had other priorities, and the land that was part of his family for more than 50 years fell into disrepair. With the help of Bobcat® equipment, Robert is renewing his land and reconnecting with his roots.

At age 17, Robert Lazenby was thrust into the role of caretaker for the family farm. Like many young people, he had other priorities, and the land that was part of his family for more than 50 years fell into disrepair. With the help of Bobcat® equipment, Robert is renewing his land and reconnecting with his roots.

The Lazenby family farm is nestled amidst the dense, picturesque woodlands near Landsford, South Carolina. The land, with a rich family history going back 200 years, was once a thriving and sprawling family farm with cattle, a residence and outbuildings. Robert inherited the land when he was only 17 years old after his father passed away. He was still discovering himself and exploring the world, and maintaining a large property isn’t a priority for the typical teenager.

 

As a child, I felt like it was kind of a punishment to have to go out there and string barbwire fences and chase cows ... I didn’t care anything about farming … the teenage me was out there drag racing and running around in Corvettes.

Robert Lazenby

Bobcat Customer

As time stretched on, neglect took its toll, but as the land’s vibrancy began to fade, Robert’s maturity and sense of responsibility grew stronger. Robert returned with a new sense of purpose and a renewed desire to reconnect with his land.

Restoring the Land

Robert quickly realized he’d need the right tools to accomplish the daunting task of reversing 17 years of neglect. He looked to Bobcat equipment to complement his old chainsaw and tractor.

In his youth, Robert’s dad instructed him to buy the best tools he could afford. “Take care of them, and they’ll take care of you,” he told Robert. And fortunately, there were some pretty awesome tools nearby. Bobcat of Rock Hill, South Carolina, was just down the road.

 

Having a dealership that's 15 minutes from me ... I've just been up there almost every single week. Having that service, knowing that they're right there was really great.

Robert Lazenby

Bobcat Customer

Bobcat of Rock Hill equipped Robert with a fleet of machines perfectly designed to carry out his vision for the family farm. The precision and power of Robert’s Bobcat compact excavator, compact track loader, mini track loader and utility vehicle reduced days-long projects to tasks that took a few hours. The ability to demolish old structures, remove brush and shape the ground as he saw fit brought new life to the land.

Now that I got the E42, I can come out here and flatten this all in an afternoon and clear it up perfect, stumps and all, grade it back out and make it nice again. It was very limiting what I could do without the equipment.

Robert Lazenby

Bobcat Customer

By restoring the Lazenby family property, Robert is restoring his family’s legacy. The period of neglect and decay is just another footnote in a farm that has seen centuries of highs and lows. With Robert at the helm, and his fleet of Bobcat equipment to help him out, this land has a new lease on life. Once again, it’s fertile ground for new memories and the stories of generations to come.

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