TCL’s niche expertise in creating SANGS areas for some of the UK’s biggest housebuilders has seen it plant more than 25,000 trees and plants for Bellway Homes in Berkshire in just three months – and during the hottest summer the country has seen for decades!
Bellway Homes is building a 500 home development in Wokingham which, under planning rules, requires the creation of an 18 acre Suitable Accessible Natural Green Spaces site to offset the impact of the scheme.
The project saw the TCL team plant 1,500 oaks, hornbeams and other native trees along with 24,000 plants to create an attractive and wildlife friendly public open space near the new development.
The team also laid nearly a kilometre of path, sunk three large ponds, installed 1,500 metres of fencing, created vehicle and pedestrian gates and seeded 33,000 sq m of grass.
The trees will take around 25 years to mature.
TCL’s expertise in the SANGS arena, and the specialist skills offered by its sister companies across the group, enables it to liaise with all stakeholders, including the local authorities, Natural England, residents and the developer.
TCL regional director for Thames Valley and Western, Tom Brazington, explained that this latest project presented a number of challenges – all of which is managed to surmount – the weather, the size of the site and the short timescale.
“The weather was the biggest challenge. Planting in the summer is never ideal and in a record breaking English summer not advisable. However, the plants and trees were planted with moisture retention granules and individually watered to help them along. The guys have been watering early mornings and late evening seven days a week using a standpipe and a 10,000 litre tanker filling into four bowsers which are carried around the site.
“Additionally, the actual size of the site meant it took time to get materials from A to B and because of the amount of work needed to complete in such a small amount of time our planning was crucial to allow us to work on all areas at once.”
The Bellway site, Keephatch Gardens, offers two to five bedroom homes between £310,00 and £680,000.
Other SANGS sites planned, designed and executed by TCL recently include the 400 acre Crookham Park in Hampshire for Taylor Wimpey.