Responsible Procurement & Design
Our qualified landscape architects select low maintenance, drought tolerant, wildlife and bee friendly plants for their innovative planting schemes. Our landscape construction business utilises recycled composts and bark mulch ensuring the survival of flora in their award winning installations and projects. Our vegetation management teams improve our sites’ appearances by removing litter and debris, cutting back vegetation to improve sight lines and maintaining transport links.
Conserving Natural Resources
We are committed to buying Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified timber wherever possible as part of our fencing and landscaping projects. The FSC system allows our customers to identify, purchase and use timber / forest products from well managed forests through its ‘Chain of Custody Certification’. The FSC 10 Principles for Forest Stewardship takes into consideration, compliance with legislation, biodiversity, productivity, community engagement with monitoring and assessment.
Habitat Protection & Enhancement
Our in house ecology team are dedicated in providing a comprehensive service that is dynamic, bespoke and flexible to meet our client’s needs and demands. We strive to find practical and robust solutions offering our clients added value and providing expertise advice on mitigation solutions where ecological constraints have been identified.
In any development large or small it is important to identify any potential protected species in the pre-planning / construction phase. Identification and implementation of relevant surveys inform design and working practices reducing impact and allowing for mitigations.
Ground Control Ecology can assist in the early stages of development advising on appropriate methodology, implementing survies and post development monitoring. We have the resources to undertake a variety of habitat & protected species surveys including presence & absence, habitat evaluation, identification of impacts and project mitigation measures to reduce project impact.
We offer our clients advice on feasibility and site suitability informing design and practical implementation of a scheme and providing habitat evaluation, creation and restoration advice. Working with our clients and with the guidance set out in BS 8583 – Biodiversity, Guidance for Businesses on Managing the Risks & Opportunities we enable our clients to provide opportunities for improving on-site ecological diversity.
As a legal requirement, we always check the protection status of trees before the commencement of any works. If trees are subject to Tree Preservation Orders (TPO) and / or fall within a Conservation Area, then any works will be carried out under Regulation 14 of The Town and Country Planning (Tree Preservation)(England) Regulations 2012 – once permission is gained from the local authority.