The year started with the launch of one of our largest native woodland planting projects this year. As part of the Gatwick Airport Flood Alleviation Scheme, Ecosulis’ HCEC Team were asked to conduct a five-year habitat creation and maintenance program for the Environment Agency in Crawley. Our task for the first phase of works in 2016, was to plant over 4,500 trees and shrubs to create a new woodland habitat that would be beneficial to the Dormice that have been found in adjacent woodland around the site.
Each year public and private sector projects throughout the UK plant trees as part of landscape plans. However much of this planting fails and many trees die before they reach maturity. As much as 25% of planting fails within the public sector according to a 2008 report commissioned by the Department of Communities and Local Government. A similar failure rate is believed to exist in the private sector.
Ecosulis completed the planting of 9000 native broadleaved trees following the clear felling of 16 hectares of Japanese Larch on a site on the edge of Dartmoor. The felling was instigated by the owner as part of their plan to convert the site to a native broadleaved woodland, but the news of sudden oak death Phytophora ramorum infecting Japanese Larch adjacent to the site, focused everyone’s efforts to complete the wo
The coalition government have pledged to be the greenest ever and have launched their BIG TREE PLANT project as part of their big society plans (we don’t know what that means either!).
Julian Burchby has recently joined us with over 15 years practical experience, including 10 years as a Contracts Manager for Silvanus Services working in the south west, initially in Devon and Somerset. Prior to establishing new teams in Bristol and Newbury, Julian helped Silvanus evolve from a trading subsidiary of a charity to the eventual sale and incorporation into a Plc, following a management buyout. Before this he had experience relating to the management of private estates and horticulture projects.
Tree planting has been difficult in 2010 due to the hard frosts and snow but here at Ecosulis we are gearing up for the final few weeks of the tree planting season. With the Christmas festivities over it is now time to implement that tree planting project, whether it be a few larger trees or a large scale woodland planting scheme. We can design, supply, plant and maintain trees, making the whole project as straightforward and cost effective as possible.