This work was commissioned by PS Renewables Ltd, a company specialising in the planning, installation and operation of solar farms. The brief was to plant 340 metres of native hedging and some specimen trees suitable for a wet, windy site in North Cornwall, near Bude.
The primary objective at the site was to reduce the visual impact of the solar panels, whilst creating amenity value and habitat for a diverse range of fauna. Following planting with slow-release fertiliser, all of the trees and native hedging were given a generous mulch to suppress weed growth, and to help retain moisture in drier periods throughout the year. Unfortunately, the ground conditions were so poor that our mulch supplier was unable to position the dumpy bags of bark alongside the hedge line, leading to a vastly-increased workload as we walked almost half a mile on a round trip with the wheelbarrow for each load to the far end of the site. Despite this setback, the team worked their socks off and still managed to complete the work in two and a half days – an amazing effort!
Despite the appalling weather and boggy surface conditions, the team did me proud and completed the job on schedule. We enjoyed the change of scenery, and are grateful to the staff at the Falcon Hotel in Bude for their hospitality – particularly their fantastic breakfasts!
Our team has a great track record in planting native hedging, so please get in touch for some free advice and a no-obligation quotation if you are in the South West region.