Nature reserve blossoms at Hapton chemical works site

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Environmental consultants are aiming to preserve new woodlands planted on the site of a former chemical works in Hapton.

Glendale, a national green services provider, has been awarded a contract to maintain new wildflower meadows at the former William Blythe Chemical Works.

The establishment of a landscape scheme is the final stage of a restoration process that will physically and aesthetically integrate the site with its wider context within the Calder Valley

Lynne Houlbrooke, senior landscape architect

The plant was used for chemical manufacture from the late 19th Century until 2006 and, at its peak, around 1,000 people worked there.

“The contract is a fantastic opportunity for us to get involved in,” said Dave Barkley, contract manager for Glendale.

“It’s something different that still incorporates our green space management expertise.

“The services we are providing on behalf of our client, RSK Environment Ltd, are crucial for ensuring the landscape features and habitats on the recently restored site continue to flourish.”

More than 70,000 square metres of the original 38-acre site has been converted into an attractive nature haven.

It is now once again home to a wide range of wildlife including nesting lapwings – a species protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, making it illegal to disturb an active nest.

Mr Barkley said: “We will be monitoring the nesting birds as part of our site inspections prior to carrying out any work and will modify our work schedule in order not to disturb the birds during nesting season.”

The contract for the maintenance of the new nature reserve will last for a period of three years.

Lynne Houlbrooke, who is a senior landscape architect for RSK Environment Ltd, said: “The establishment of a landscape scheme is the final stage of a restoration process that will physically and aesthetically integrate the site with its wider context within the Calder Valley.”