In 2019 were began the control of invasive species Japanese Knotweed at a small plot of land north of Heathrow Airport. Our required services were then extended through to include the overseeing, planning and implementation of habitat creation and maintenance to compliment the client’s environmental ambitions. Now on site there is a fruit orchard containing multiple varieties of pear, plum and regional apples including the local Hounslow Wonder.
After a year of excellent growing conditions, the meadow and fruit trees have established incredibly well. There has been a rainbow of colour through each wave of flowering plant, and the invertebrate life on site has increased dramatically in grateful response. The fruit trees have prospered, and a few of the particularly settled plants have even borne fruit. The invasive plant, Japanese Knotweed has been successfully treated to be eradicated in one area, and diminished significantly in another.
We have been busy on site completing ground rotovation, seeding and continued invasive species treatments and monitoring. The fruit trees planted last year have taken off well, with a flourish of blossoms and many fruits beginning to set. With the wildflower seeding established beneath the orchard in time to come, this is sure to be a hive of wildlife activity.
Planting has been completed of the fruit trees on site, fitted with guards and stakes to protect from animal damage in addition to mulch and top soil for a head start in establishing in their new ground.
Our Biodiversity Conservation Officers and Landscaping Lead completed the treatment of invasive species Japanese Knotweed, working with the client and visiting personnel to ensure the upkeep of legislation, quarantine and dispersal restrictions.