Community Engagement and Upcycling Ecological Opportunities

ATC invited eight members of the Salvation Army to a biodiversity engagement event as part of ‘World Climate Week’ at Plumstead railhead. The day began with a site tour, allowing our visitors to engage with our workforce and experience first-hand the workings of an operational railhead.

After an informative tour delivered by ATC’s senior foreman the Salvation Army rolled up their sleeves to assist in Plumstead’s micro biodiversity scheme. Utilising 100% of onsite materials, 5X1 m3 planting boxes were built. Waste Europallets formed the structures and salvaged sleeper trays from Crossrail’s Standard Track Slab (STS) sleepers formed the planting beds.

Branching out to the supply chain ATC were successful in sourcing completely free of charge all the soil and basic gardening tools to facilitate the day. In addition using a selection of native plants throughout the beds, maximum biodiversity and habitat enhancement has been achieved.

The planting exercise gave the team an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy on the project, improve the overall visual impact and contribute to localised biodiversity enhancement.

To promote further ‘green fingers’, all the members of the team were given their own ‘ATC’s gardening basics’ booklet to inspire them to take the lessons learnt back into their communities.

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