01 May 2019
Place Services is delighted to have been shortlisted for a CIEEM (Charted Institute of Ecology and Environment) Award in the category of Best Practice – Large Scale Mitigation for its conservation work at Hadleigh Park.
The award is for projects that demonstrate best practice and innovation in the use of mitigation or enhancement techniques, promote biodiversity gain and sustainable development.
Hadleigh Park is an area managed by Essex County Council, and part of Hadleigh Farm. Located in southern Essex to the west of Southend-on-Sea, it is set on a downland steep scarp slope. It is an ecologically rich landscape of broadleaved woodland, neutral grassland and scattered scrub that leads down to grazing marsh, saltmarsh and the intertidal mudflats of Benfleet Creek. This mosaic of habitats has local, national and international significance for wildlife. Most of the Country Park is noted as a nationally important Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its plants, invertebrates, wading birds and overwintering waterfowl.
Essex County Council was granted planning permission in 2010 for the London 2012 Olympic Mountain Biking event at Hadleigh Farm. As part of the planning process a 25-year Ecological Management Delivery Plan was developed, coordinated by Place Services, with onsite delivery by Essex County Council Park rangers. Place Services has worked in partnership with Hadleigh Park and Applied Ecology.
If you need advice on ecological survey, mitigation, or conservation grazing please do not hesitate to contact us.