BSG Ecology is delighted to announce that our collaborative work with LDA Design (as lead consultant) on the Network Rail National Lineside Vegetation Management Strategy has won the Strategic Landscape Planning section of the Landscape Institute Awards 2013.
This work was commissioned by Network Rail to establish new land management principles and techniques to create a more productive, attractive, biodiverse and cost-effective lineside estate. One key outcome was the identification of the opportunity to move away from the perception of the lineside estate as a cost liability, to the recognition of the estate as an asset. BSG Ecology provided expert advice on how important habitats and species should be considered in the strategy, and the suitability of management techniques for protecting and enhancing biodiversity.
Dr Peter Shepherd led our input into the project. He explained “This was a challenging project involving consideration of a wide range of issues from biodiversity conservation, to practical implementation, health and safety requirements and opportunities to minimise costs and maximise income. One key to the project’s success was the strong understanding amongst the consultant team of each other’s areas of expertise. This has been established through working together on a range of other major projects such as the Olympic Park.”
The judges commented, “This is an excellent example of landscape planning on a strategic scale with a creative yet practical framework for delivery.”
The project team included: LDA Design (lead consultant), BSG Ecology, Peter Neal Consulting, John Hopkins, Mott Macdonald, Land Management Services, The Mersey Forest and Sheffield University.
Photograph taken by David Stiles from BSG Ecology’s Hathersage office.