The planting and overall design was formulated to encourage and increase wildlife using a variety of methods. We introduced an array of nectar-rich plants to support populations of native pollinators; wildflower areas were designated throughout the development in areas that would otherwise have been lawned, and biodiverse wet meadows were formed in areas needed to serve a dual purpose as natural drainage.
Our designs also incorporated features such as hedgehog highways, bat and bird houses, with a mind to increase connectivity to nearby ecological sights including the River Irwell.
The scheme was situated on a flood plain, requiring installation of numerous water outlets to mitigate the 1-in-100 year flood risk. This required redesigning and engineering of the retaining structures, a challenge our team overcame in a way which simultaneously benefitted the project financially and drastically reduced landfill materials. We were able to re-use large volumes of material on-site, including soil and over 3,000 cubic meters of stone.
This is a large-scale project which has further phases in development, overall producing homes, gardens, and public spaces for over 500 families. Wright Landscapes are pleased to have also been awarded the maintenance contract for this project, enabling us to ensure this fantastic space receives top-quality care year-round.