National Grid is celebrating the planting of the 2000th tree on the Hinkley Connection Project, the new high-voltage line that will connect 6 million UK homes to low-carbon energy from Hinkley Point C and other energy sources.
As part of National Grid’s commitment to reduce the visual impact of construction works and the permanent structures being built along the route, 1,257 trees, 39,527 m2 of woodland and 9,960 linear metres of hedges were planted in the 2021/22 winter planting season.
The planting season runs from November to March each year and National Grid has committed to planting a total of 5,959 trees, 33,995 linear metres of hedgerow and 277,060 square metres of woodland planting by March 2025.
This is an additional 5,306 trees, 93,446 square metres of woodland (the equivalent of more than 13 full size football pitches) and 23,540 linear metres (14.5 miles) of hedgerow over and above what was removed to enable construction on the Hinkley Connection Project.
Since Ground Control Ltd began planting on behalf of National Grid in January 2020, more than 16,940 linear metres (16.9km) of hedges, 93,545 m2 (93.5 hectares) of woodland, and 2,656 trees have been planted along the route of the Hinkley Connection Project.
As part of the Hinkley Connection Project’s Off Site Planting and Enhancement Scheme (OSPES), National Grid and Ground Control Ltd have worked with over 500 landowners within 3km of the route who have requested planting on their land. The specialist team design the most appropriate planting schemes for the area, using local plant life to help ensure the landscape’s rich ecosystems are maintained.
It’s all part of our commitment to minimise the impact of our works on local communities and leave a positive legacy, long after our works are completed.
Steven Haskayne, Senior Project Manager on the Hinkley Connection Project, commented: “National Grid has been committed to delivering environmental enhancements and leaving a lasting environmental legacy since the Hinkley Connection Project began. We’re delighted to have surpassed the milestone of planting the 2000th tree along the route.
“We’re now on track to deliver 5,306 more trees to the local area than we initially removed to enable construction. It’s all part of our commitment to minimise the impact of our works on local communities and leave a positive legacy, long after our works are completed.”
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Photo: Estelle Slater, Quantity Surveyor for National Grid on the Hinkley Connection Project and Tim Moxey from Mark Cricket Club , were on site to see first-hand, the 2000th tree being planted at the sports club.