A look at landscaping

05 Apr 2016

As we continue to develop our new homes to the south of Croft Road, it is useful to look at some of the work we undertook to help preserve, manage and improve parts of the site which has significant ecological value – such as the hedgerows.

Before we started planning the development, we worked to design the scheme with the aim of retaining as many of the more ecologically valuable hedgerows in their current positions as possible, and prioritise those that had greater antiquity and ecological value over those that were more recent and species poor. We graded the hedgerows, so that the ones with the highest wildlife and habitat value would be retained in their current position and if they couldn’t be, then they would be relocated.

As part of the plans, we translocated all of the highest quality hedgerow sections that were scheduled for removal, with the exception of one or two trees which were too large to be successfully uprooted.

The hedgerows are coppiced (cut very short) before they are moved, as this gives them a better chance of a successful relocation and also allows growth to be controlled and managed better as they then re-shoot from the base, promoting a dense new hedge. This is why coppicing is a traditional method of restoring neglected ‘outgrown’ hedgerows. Over 99% of the removed hedgerow stems were translocated to one of the green open areas we are providing within the wider development.

Around 441m of high quality hedgerow was translocated from our site in Three Mile Cross and 423m from Spencers Wood.  Overall, over 2km of new hedgerow will be created for wildlife in conjunction with the proposals, of which just less than 50% will be created using translocated hedgerows, and the remainder will be newly planted using new trees and shrubs brought in. In addition to this, just over 10km of existing hedgerow is being retained in-situ by the proposals, and this resource will be subject to an ongoing management plan that will improve its condition and value for wildlife. This is in addition to the creation of other types of habitat along with the proposals, such as species-rich grasslands, scrub, woodland and ponds.  

You can find out more detail here

Outline Hedgerow Management Strategy

Land South of Croft Road - Detailed Ecological Strategy

North of Church Lane, Three Mile Cross - Detailed Ecological Strategy