Ahead of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity on Friday, 22nd May, we want to shine a spotlight on some of the brilliant biodiversity work underway at Anglian Water.
At our Wing Water Treatment Works in Rutland, sections of what was once regularly mown grassland have been converted to wildflower grassland. This transition, which is overseen by our Biodiversity Champion Steve Coles, has been underway since 2015 and has been a great success with wildflowers starting to take hold amongst the sward.
The specific management required to maintain the wildflower grassland is to cut the grassland at the end of the summer and then collect and remove the vegetation.
We have teamed-up with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) to complete the grassland cut. TCV deliver volunteer-led conservation work and by partnering with this organisation we realise a range of benefits including; the application of specialist conservation knowledge and techniques, creating a volunteering opportunity for local community volunteers and employees, the health and wellbeing benefits associated with the social interaction and physical exercise, and being able to report this as part of the business’ social contributions.
As such, we are really pleased to have established a five-year management agreement with TCV to manage the wildflower grassland areas.
Additionally, a local dairy charity is keen to take the hay for their cows and, as such, the grass is being used as a product, rather than a waste, thus reducing any costs to the business associated with vegetation removal and the environmental impacts of transport.