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1. WO2012069780 - GROUND ANCHOR

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Claims

1. A ground anchor comprising a body having a front region, the ground anchor being drivable into the ground with the front region leading, wherein the body defines a channel to receive a driving arrangement, the channel being configured to allow the driving arrangement to project beyond the front region of the body.

2. A ground anchor according to Claim 1 , wherein the front region has a front opening communicating with the channel, the channel being configured to allow the driving arrangement to extend beyond the front opening.

3. A ground anchor according to 2, wherein the body has a rear region, and the channel extends from the front region to the rear region, the channel being configured to allow the driving arrangement to project beyond the rear region of the body.

4. A ground anchor according to Claim 3, wherein the body has a rear opening communicating with the channel, and the channel extends from the front opening to the rear opening, the channel being configured to allow the driving arrangement to project beyond the rear opening.

5. A ground anchor according to Claim 4, wherein the channel is a through hole extending though the body.

6. A ground anchor according to any preceding Claim, wherein the body includes a force receiving formation in the channel to engage the driving arrangement, and to receive a force applied to the driving arrangement.

7. A ground anchor according to Claim 6, wherein the force receiving formation is arranged to receive a driving force from the driving arrangement, whereby the ground anchor can be driven into the ground.

8. A ground anchor according to Claim 6 or 7, wherein the channel has front and rear sections, and the force receiving formation comprises an inwardly extending shoulder in the channel, whereby the rear section is wider than the front section.

9. A ground anchor according to any preceding Claim including an orienting formation to allow the ground anchor to be moved to a load bearing position in the ground, the orienting formation being configured to allow an orienting member to be attached thereto.

10. A ground anchor according to Claim 9, wherein the body comprise a main part and the orienting formation, and wherein the orienting formation defines an aperture to receive the orienting member.

11. A driving arrangement for driving a ground anchor as claimed in any preceding claim, the driving arrangement comprising a shaft portion and a driving end portion, the shaft potion having a force transmitting formation configured to engage the ground anchor, and the driving portion having an end region configured to facilitate being driven into the ground, wherein when the shaft portion engages the ground anchor, the driving portion projects from the front region of the body.

12. A driving arrangement according to Claim 11 , wherein the force transmitting formation comprises a cooperating shoulder extending between the shaft portion and the driving portion, so that where the ground anchor includes a shoulder, the cooperating shoulder on the driving arrangement can engage the shoulder on the ground anchor so that some of a force applied to the driving arrangement is transmitted to the ground anchor.

13. A driving arrangement according to Claim 11 or 12, wherein the shaft portion is shaped to be received in the body of the ground anchor, such that when the shaft portion is so received, the driving portion projects from the front region of the body.

14. A driving arrangement according to Claim 11 , 12 or 13, wherein the shaft portion is elongate, and has a distal end region which is wider than the driving portion to provide the force transmitting formation, the force transmitting formation extending outwardly from the driving arrangement.

15. A driving arrangement according to any of Claims 11 to 14, wherein the end region of the driving end portion is a pointed end region.

16. A driving arrangement according to any of Claims 1 1 to 5 in the form of a driving member.

7. A ground anchor apparatus comprising a ground anchor as claimed in any of Claims 1 to 10 and a driving arrangement as claimed in any of Claims 11 to 15, the ground anchor being configured to receive the driving arrangement so that the driving arrangement extends from a front region of the body of the driving arrangement, and the force transmitting formation engages the ground anchor.

18. A ground anchor substantially as herein described with reference to Figures 1 and 2 of the accompanying drawings.

19. A driving arrangement substantially as herein described, with reference to Figures 2 and 3 of the accompanying drawings.

20. A ground anchor apparatus substantially as herein described with reference to Figures 1 and 2 of the accompanying drawings.