Hedge planting, flood defence works, Congresbury Yeo

The brief

We worked with our client, Team Van Oord, to facilitate flood defence works at Congresbury Yeo.

The £7.5m scheme involved the raising and widening of the existing flood defences. Three new sections of bank are being constructed, and the existing banks topped up to provide a 1 in 75 year flood defence protection to properties in Wester-super-Mare, Worle and Kingston Seymour.

Following our previous involvement on site, Thomson Habitats were asked to carry out hedgerow planting works. The works consisted of planting and re-instating hedgerows that had previously been cleared in order to ensure no loss of biodiversity.

The works involved significant constraints, including that all the planting works had to be completed by the 31st of October – the start of the wintering bird season.

What we did

Following careful planning with Team Van Oord, Thomson mobilised an eight man planting gang to site. Four km of native-mixed species hedgerow were planted in eight days.

The outcome

Despite the sometimes challenging weather and ground conditions, we have been able to complete the works within the deadline and with minimal disturbance to the ground.

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