Native infrastructure planting along the new, privately financed A419 / A417 from Gloucester to Swindon included both on- and off-site plots to screen and enhance the environment.
Planting included new woodland areas and hedgerows with rabbit fencing and rabbit guarding. The majority of the planting was undertaken in a limited time period to achieve an early opening of the road. This involved close liaison with the DBFO client and the other members of the construction team.
Implementation was undertaken in 1997 and included a three year maintenance contract.
CEAG has subsequently been reappointed to undertake the ongoing maintenance. The maintenance includes weed control, grass cutting, tree and shrub thinning, hedge cutting, and rabbit guard and fence removal.
CEAG also cuts the grass verges and manages the wildflower areas on an annual basis along the entire 33 mile length of road. This includes the use of specialist tractor to cut the grass on the steep embankments.
Additionally, CEAG has been appointed to undertake a landscape management contract to thin the existing mature woodland.