BIG Biodiversity Challenge 2016: The Winners

Overall winner 2016 sponsored by Wildflower Turf

"Symbiosis"

Breakthrough Community Enterprise/ Nationwide Forestry Solutions

 

We have created a nursery with 30000 native trees saplings (from local seed), open woodland, closed woodland, close scrub, meadow, and mature mixed hedge line habitats along with multi height mowing regime in the open areas.

 

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Client Award sponsored by Kier

Gatwick Airport Biodiversity Action Plan

Gatwick Airport Ltd

 

Gatwick’s Biodiversity Action Plan covers an area of 75 hectares including woodland, grassland and wetlands adjacent to Gatwick Airport. This is an ongoing project in its fourth year with the objective to improve the condition of the key habitats...

 

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Community Engagement Award sponsored by Land Securities

Morpeth Northern Bypass Education Hub and Programme

Carillion and EcoNorth

 

The Education Hub is both a virtual and physical classroom where the site ecological enhancements and mitigation are used to educate the importance of biodiversity on a larger scale and its impact locally…


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Large Scale Permanent Award

Kingsbrook

BDW Trading Ltd and Ashfield Land Ltd

 

At Kingsbrook, BDW Trading Ltd. and Ashfield Land Ltd are working in close partnership with Aylesbury Vale District Council and the RSPB to set a new benchmark for housing development that delivers not just biodiversity recovery but real biodiversity gains, disproving the common conception that development and biodiversity are mutually exclusive…


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Medium Scale Permanent Award

Greenburn Surface Mining Complex

Kier Minerals Ltd

 

The project is located in a rural area on part of a surface coal mine. Mining operations had been completed and approx 5ha of land was ready for restoration. The local primary school rich task group was engaged, along with the site’s Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW) …


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Small Scale Permanent Award

Maxted Close Playspace

Artecology

 

A task to improve a lost corner in a large housing association estate became a mission to pack biodiversity gains, wildlife encounter, play, discovery and the simple concept of peace in a natural space, into just 400 square metres of mown grass…


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Maintenance and Management Award sponsored by Willmott Dixon

"Symbiosis"

Breakthrough Community Enterprise/ Nationwide Forestry Solutions

 

We have created a nursery with 30000 native trees saplings (from local seed), open woodland, closed woodland, close scrub, meadow, and mature mixed hedge line habitats along with multi height mowing regime in the open areas.

 

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Pollinator Award sponsored by British Land

One Tower Bridge Bee Hives

Berkeley Homes (South East London) Ltd

 

One Tower Bridge (OTB) is a luxury, mixed use development in the London Borough of Southwark. Parts of the development are now occupied by residents and the final phases are due to be completed early 2017. Following discussions with Bermondsey Street Bees, a local honey producer, the OTB Operations Team decided to install four hives on the roof of one of the completed apartment blocks.


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Temporary Award sponsored by Sir Robert McAlpine

Of Soil and Water: The Kings Cross Pond Club

Kings Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) in partnership with Ooze (Eva Pfannes and Sylvain Hartenberg) and Martjetica Potrc

 

The UK’s first ever man-made fresh water bathing pond is a piece of innovative Land Art, within a working construction site within London’s King’s Cross development. The 40m long, natural, chemical free pond is purified through a natural closed-loop process …


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