Our construction sites can have an impact on wildlife habitats. We try to make our overall legacy a positive one by creating biodiverse environments for a range of species to thrive.
Every single contract has to undertake a biodiversity risk assessment and our work with the UK Wildlife Trusts has yielded some inspiring results from saplings along the UK’s A1 to shoreland clean-ups in Canada.
Carillion was assigned to a large landslip in Gloucester, involving excavated slip material to a gravel pit 30 miles away. Working with Network Rail and Arup, none of the 44,000m3 slip material left the site, 326,000 miles of vehicle movement were saved and 12,000 trees were re-planted to form deciduous woodland on site. This improved local biodiversity, supported a local forestry industry, improved the area for residents and helped offset the CO2. Existing non-native trees were also harvested during the works with the tree stumps used to create a protective structure, hibernacula, on site. The site has been awarded a Network Rail Star Award for excellence in health, safety and environment.
Now in its 13th year, Carillion’s Natural Habitats Fund has helped 72 habitat and conservation work ventures, awarding over £435,000 in grants to date. In 2014, over 20 applications were received and after careful consideration, six grants of £5,000 each were awarded to biodiversity projects run by Wildlife Trusts. These projects create opportunities for volunteering, as well as bringing biodiversity and community benefits:
Freshwater plants and animals are among the planet’s most threatened group of species, so we partnered with the UK Freshwater Habitats Trust to help protect wildlife in ponds, rivers, streams and lakes.
Through this new partnership, our people support projects that benefit biodiversity and local neighbourhoods, contributing to two of our positive outcomes in ‘Protecting the environment’ and ‘Supporting sustainable communities’. Our work includes supporting pioneering eDNA analysis to detect the presence of rare species in freshwater areas, to improve both operational efficiency and species protection.
Carillion’s 2020 sustainability strategy is leading the way in demonstrating how companies can make a significant contribution to addressing the root causes of environmental decline, both through their company practices and through the positive engagement of their people. We are proud to announce our new partnership with Carillion, and believe that by working together we can start reversing the current trends, and restore rich and natural freshwater communities.”
Dr Jeremy Biggs, Director, Freshwater Habitats Trust
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