The environmental team at Fusion volunteered their time and effort recently at College Lake, one of Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) flagship nature reserves, near Aylesbury. The waterway is regarded among its best examples of water bird habitat.
The team cleared an area of encroaching willow scrub and opened up rare chalk grassland habitats to improve biodiversity. The better timber that remains will be used to lay hedges, while smaller branches were tied into bundles and will be used in erosion protection at the lake edges.
The volunteers began the day reflecting on the positive environmental work done since the Fusion contract began and ended herding Hebridean sheep that are used for grazing on the reserve.
The day was another example of great team building on a popular community resource and making links with BBOWT, a key stakeholder, which previously objected to HS2, but now wishes to work with it to preserve wildlife.
Fusion is a joint venture between three leading businesses, BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman and Morgan Sindall, that are conducting preparatory ground works to over 100km of the HS2 (High Speed 2) line between London and Birmingham, in readiness for major civil engineering activities.
Photo caption: Fusion’s Environmental team at work