Glendale will undertake a range of services, including the management of wildflower meadows and new woodland on the former William Blythe Chemical Works site, which operated from the late-1800s until 2006.
This is the first time RSK has worked with Glendale and the company hopes that the subcontract will lead to a fruitful relationship for both parties.
When Glendale published a press release detailing its appointment, it asked Lynne Houlbrooke, RSK senior landscape architect, to comment. Lynne said, “The establishment of a landscape scheme is the final stage of a restoration process that will physically and aesthetically integrate the site with its wider context within the Calder Valley. Management and maintenance operations across the site are the key to the successful establishment of healthy landscape features, which include woodland blocks, hedgerows, wild flora grassland and marginal and aquatic vegetation within the lagoon and ditches.”
For more than 10 years, RSK has supported the owner of this site, Synthomer plc, through the process of site closure and restoration of the landfill. Its input has included ground investigation, detailed groundwater and gas risk assessment, ecological surveys and the design and supervision of the restoration. Before subcontracting Glendale, RSK’s landscape team prepared a concept scheme that was implemented in the landfill restoration.
On-site lagoon in progress
The lagoon today
Through the restoration scheme, more than 70,000 m2 of the original 38-acre site has been converted into a nature haven for a wide variety of wildlife, including nesting lapwing and little ringed plover, both bird species fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which makes it an offence to disturb an active nest.
You can read the full press release on Pro Landscaper magazine’s website.
For more information, please contact Lynne Houlbrooke.