Explore Wildfell and Devana, a combination of nearly 400-acres of environmental recovery.
  • Welcome to Wildfell | Opening as a live laboratory and nature-recovery site in 2022, Wildfell is the biggest landscape nature-recovery project Ground Control has undertaken in its 50-year history. The project will transform the site for nature and improve the water quality of the River Pant. This will be achieved as a live showcase of Biodiversity Net Gain and Carbon Sequestration design, delivery, and management innovation for public and private sector landowners for decades to come. 
  • Introducing Devana | A brand new site dedicated to increasing environmental and societal value for generations to come. The project will retain and enhance existing woodland and grassland to increase biodiversity value and resilience, whilst creating significant swathes of new habitats across the site.

Look out for more environmental recovery centres as we continue to explore locations throughout the UK. 

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The Wildfell Centre for Environmental Recovery

Our 296-acre nature-recovery laboratory in Essex, transforming an ex-arable farm to showcase Biodiversity Net Gain and Carbon Sequestration design, delivery, and management innovation.

Devana Centre for Environmental Recovery

Our 100-acre centre in West Wickham dedicated to increasing land managed for nature in one of the UKs sparsest regions for biodiversity.

BNG Units (verified to DEFRA Metric 4.0)

Units are available and ideal for developers, local authorities, and all those who are required to showcase and demonstrate BNG by offsetting these through verified biodiversity units.

BNG Units at Wildfell 

The Wildfell Centre for Environmental Recovery, Essex is generating 307 biodiversity units. The scheme is part of Essex County Council’s Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund project.

The scheme is currently being implemented and will deliver the following Unit Types:

  1. Species-rich grassland 134 units
  2. Mixed scrub 120 units
  3. Lakes/Ponds 8 units
  4. Traditional orchard 4 units
  5. Woodland enhancement 41 units

BNG Units at Devana

Our Devana Centre for Environmental Recovery, Cambridgeshire which was acquired this June and we are planning to deliver over the next 18 months. We are working with Greater Cambridge shared Planning on a Section 106 agreement for the scheme.

The project will deliver in the region of 200 Biodiversity Units with the following split:

  1. Species-rich Grassland 118.5 units
  2. Mixed scrub 66 units
  3. Woodland 11 units
  4. Woodland enhancement 6.5 units

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Biodiversity Net Gain for Developers

An 8-step guide to achieving your Biodiversity Net Gain ambitions and requirements.
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Its Time to Act | Why Business Must Step Up

With just 53% of our natural wildlife and fauna left from before the industrial revolution, familiar sights like the hedgehog, dormouse or red squirrel are now rare. The turtle dove, once a commonly found bird in England, is the fastest declining bird species in the UK and on the brink of extinction following a 98% reduction in the last 40 years.

There is a clear need for business to get involved to help develop solutions. We’ve spoken to biodiversity experts from across government, technology, finance, property and consultancy to ask them what they are doing to help restore biodiversity. Many businesses want to do more but are held back by challenges like not having sufficient nature-related data. This is where partnerships between different businesses, sectors and government can be powerful, lead the way and make a movement for others to do the same.

Outlined in the State of Nature Report (2023), action is critical as:

Ecosystem restoration and landscape-scale conservation have a central role in tackling the nature and climate emergency

Time To Act: Why business must step up to address the biodiversity crisis

"Once a green and pleasant land, Britain now sits in the bottom 10 percent of countries globally for biodiversity"
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