ADAS were approached by a company wishing to erect six large turbines (2 MW each) on the land adjacent to the River Trent near Scunthorpe. Planning permission had been gained with several conditions, one of which was that the large area of woodland between the proposed development and the village of Burton-on-Stather was managed to ensure it remained as a screen of the turbines from the village. Our commission was to prepare a woodland management plan, agree the detail with the Local Authority and, once approved, take on the woodland management.
University of Surrey Woodland Management Plan
ADAS prepared a five year Woodland Management Plan and submitted an application to join the English Woodland Grant Scheme (EWGS).
The work included surveying/inspecting the woodlands, preparation of new woodland (compartment) maps, preparing a detailed plan of operations, completion of EWGS forms, submission of the claim for a Plan Preparation Grant and a site meeting with the Forestry Commission.
The Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is a worldwide industry standard for recognising high standards of sustainability in new developments. It covers a range of categories from water use and materials to waste and ecology.
ADAS has a proven track record of delivering the Land Use and Ecology portions of BREEAM assessments to a high quality and working with clients to achieve top outcomes for sustainability and biodiversity. Our ecologists have delivered 2008, 2011 and 2014 BREEAM assessments for a variety of educational and commercial developments.
Most development works include a landscape plan, which affords a good opportunity to work with the project landscape architect to ensure invasive species (e.g. Cotoneaster and Japanese Rose) can be replaced with local species or species of wildlife value. This is also an opportunity to swap common non-native boundary vegetation like Cherry Laurel with native species such as Beech and Yew.
Early consultation can increase opportunities to ensure individual developments contribute to landscape scale biodiversity enhancement as well as protect local Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) species.