Bantycock Quarry, a gypsum quarry operated by Saint-Gobain Formula has recently undergone a tremendous revival to preserve the environment and create an ideal habitat for a diverse range of wildlife.
Glendale, a professional green service company who manage and maintain green environments were awarded the contract to regenerate 25 acres of the worked-out quarry area into native countryside.
Proposals were developed by landscape architects DRaW (UK) Ltd and agreed with the local authority to encourage biodiversity and enhance the landscape at Saint-Gobain Formula’s Bantycock Gypsum Quarry. Located in Balderton near Newark, this is a key industrial site in the East Midlands. The brief was to restore and revitalise the land by turning it into woodland and grassland, creating habitats for wildlife through the planting of 29,500 trees and seeding a newly created wildflower grassland area.
Glendale turned to Green-tech for the necessary landscaping supplies which included tree shelters, stakes, compost and fertiliser. In total, 26,000 tree shelters and stakes and 1,200 bags of compost and fertiliser were supplied for this project.
Green-tech is the leading UK supplier of landscaping essentials. Our tree and shrub shelters and stakes aim to aid trees towards better initial establishment, survival rate and protect the trees from being damaged by wildlife.
The trees, which were planted during the 2017-2018 planting season, have been specially selected to attract a mix of wet woodland and native woodland species and will provide important habitats for birds and wildlife, while contributing to the region’s biodiversity targets across the 25-acre part of the site.
It is planned that the woodland area will be extended further as other parts of the wider site are restored. Saint-Gobain Formula published their latest ecological monitoring work which recorded 160 grassland and herbaceous plant species and highlighted that three new species on the site had been identified. As the trees and grassland establish, they hope to see more butterflies beginning to colonise the site, including the Grizzled Skipper, which is becoming increasingly rare in the UK.
Commenting on the completed project Jeremy Elvins, Minerals and Estates manager from Saint-Gobain said:
“Glendale completed the planting work very efficiently and will be continuing to maintain the area for 5-years, this will ensure that we get the new woodland area.”
Andy Ansell, operations director from Glendale continues:
“We were delighted to secure this contract. It has been a rewarding project to work on and we’re confident of securing the next phase when this happens. We have worked with Green-tech for many years and they always provide us with excellent advice, prices and service. They are very flexible and always work hard to accommodate our requirements.”