With the pressure increasing to develop green sites to satisfy demand for development, the effect on local environments is often catastrophic. With increasing awareness and concern for our environment, new techniques and effort have been made to preserve what we have left.
BEL has successfully undertaken several heathland translocations. The largest project required us to relocate 5.5 acres of SSSI heathland in Hampshire. Vital installations had to be constructed and the decision was made to try and preserve as much of the area as possible.
A suitable receptor site was identified which allowed us to cut to a depth that preserved the root structure and move the whole area in the form of 2 x 1 x 0.35m segments. These were numbered and re-laid in the same order at the receptor site. The new site has been closely monitored over the past decade and has proven to be extremely successful with significant preservation of the translocated plants.