When environmental damage is an inevitable consequence of works, measures should be taken to mitigate this damage and take steps to improve the local environment.
See the examples below for how one site addressed this:
- 68 diseased trees had to be felled to make way for the new visitors centre and the site team (including their supply chain) therefore pledged to create 68 new homes for nature.
- The team are working collaboratively to make this a reality, with the supply chain donating materials and the site working with the local community, Scouts, schools and RSPB (the client).
- Among the new homes are: bird boxes, bat boxes, bee boxes, bird feeders, tree planting and creating areas for mosses, lichens, fungi and many insects.
- The team found creative and fun ways to involve the community including site personnel working with the local Scouts to make the boxes, which also supported the Scouts gaining a badge.
- The site donated materials and labour to ensure the local Brownies’ hut remains.
- A game involving robin hood firing arrows with children helped identify where trees will be planted.
- The pledge to create 68 nature homes is posted on the site boundary fence and there is much interest and involvement from the community.
Monitor report. Robert Woodhead Ltd. Nottinghamshire. April 2018.