Biodiversity Enhancement with Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre

Ten members of ATC participated in the Royal Docks Learning and Activity Centre (RDLCA) Biodiversity Project. Equipped with hand tools donated by First Response Site Services and over 100 native trees generously donated by The Woodland Trust, we spent half a day working with the Royal Dock community members to help with weeding, tree planting, shrub planting, hedgerows, working on the community garden and building a bug hotel, nicknamed ‘Buckingham Palace’.

The selection of the tree types: Hawthorn, Rowan, Blackthorn, Silver Birch, Hazel and Common Oak were based on their historic locality to the previous green belt site of the Royal Docks.

The variety of trees is as significant as their native status to promote ecological diversity and a sustained contribution into the local carbon cycle once matured.

Robin’s Glorious Gardens and Core Landscapes also took part showing people how to take herb cuttings and helping children plant seeds in pots which they were then able to take home.

The cementing of the relationships built between ATC and our close neighbours RDLCA will prove invaluable throughout our works in the Connaught Tunnel.

The long term environmental benefit to the local area and the knowledge of the children who participated is infinite.

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Entry submitted by Alstom, TSO and Costain JV

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