We are undertaking a large ongoing woodland project near Marlborough, creating new fenced areas to allow grazing within Savernake Forest; this will allow cattle back into the ancient forest to help with its management. The fencing consists of 2 strands of barbed wire and a single strand of plain wire.
Some post and rail we erected in the Secret Valley Devizes that we did a week or so ago. This was a joint effort by the tree division landscaping team and our fencing team. Our remit was to tidy and enhance thus we erected 50m post and rail and a gate. This has to be one of the prettiest villages I’ve ever worked in.
We installed 90 metres of creosoted post and rail and 2 new gates in Potterne which is just south of Devizes.
This was to keep the general public out and animals safely apart.
We won the contract to refurbish the viewing area at Larkhill on the edge of Salisbury Plain. The viewing area is used for Military Displays as well as the British Army live Firepower Demonstration.
Back in March 2014, we set about cutting the grass which had been uncut for a number of years. We re-fenced the rear of the seating/grandstand area with 400m new post and rail, replaced and repaired the concrete steps and installed a new access track. The final job was to replace 3000 linear metres of hardwood timber seating (see picture), which involved removing the old, sourcing replacements, painting and repairing all steel supports and then fixing new boards.
The new viewing area was then ready for The Royal Review which was celebrated on 26th May 2016, the 30th Anniversary of the Royal Regiment of Artillery. Her Majesty The Queen was present and received The Captain-General’s Baton.
Read Her Majesty The Queen’s speech here
This time we recently completed a 450m post and rail with double-sided electric on top of the post and rail to stop horses arguing with each other over the fence and damaging themselves or the fence. This allows for an increased number of horses at Manton Grange. The fence itself was constructed from pressure treated creosote timber; we still find this the most durable and long lasting timber product on the market. It can be unpleasant to work with but has the added advantage that the horses will not chew it either!
We erected 4000m post and rail fencing to protect many individual protected trees with a TPO (Tree Preservation Order), including some wonderful old Limes and Beech trees in September. This took us about 5 weeks but was a very satisfying job to have completed.
At Conversation Contractors, we work with our clients to submit applications for any tree work governed by TPOs to the appropriate planning authority.
Tree Preservation Orders
This is an extract from The Arboricultural Association of which we are members:
“TPOs are administered by Local Planning Authorities (LPA) (e.g. a borough, district or unitary council or a national park authority) and are made to protect trees that bring significant amenity benefit to the local area. This protection is particularly important where trees are under threat.
All types of tree, but not hedges, bushes or shrubs, can be protected, and a TPO can protect anything from a single tree to all trees within a defined area or woodland. Any species can be protected, but no species is automatically protected by a Tree Preservation Order.
A TPO is a written order which, in general, makes it a criminal offence to cut down, top, lop, uproot, wilfully damage or wilfully destroy a tree protected by that order, or to cause or permit such actions, without the authority’s permission. Anyone found guilty of such an offence is liable. In serious cases, the case may be dealt with in the Crown Court where an unlimited fine can be imposed”. For full details please see the ARB website link here
We erected 1000 metres of post and rail with gates and electric for the international 3-day eventer, David Doel, International Event Rider, of Reybridge Eventing at Lacock.
This will give increased turn-out for extra horses, and the fence has an electric wire on the top of an internal fence to prevent the horses pushing up against it.