CASE STUDY: LAYING ROUTES FOR THE FUTURE
BAM Nuttall & GB Landscaping
Compensation planting relates to situations where existing trees need to be removed to allow for development and the local authority requires the developer to replace them. On the Cross Tay link Road, BAM Nuttall and their landscaping subcontractor GB Landscaping had to remove trees to make way for the new road therefore as part of the project delivery will plant more than 100,000 trees across the site area, and suitable areas outside it, to compensate. This is agreed with the Planning Authority and Naturescot.
GB Landscaping began planting at an agreed site (outside the site boundary) next to Pitcairngreen. As well as supplying and planting the trees GB Landscaping also carried out work to prepare the ground, supply, and fit tree protectors along with providing and installing deer fencing on site. Over the course of the three days GB landscaping planted 4,820 trees with a squad of eight operatives.
As a result of the compensatory planting carried out this will bring economic, environmental, and social benefits. Some of these may include helping mitigate climate change, providing community benefits and restoration of 'lost' habitats.
The Cross Tay Link Road is Phase Two of the Perth Transport Futures project which will deliver a more efficient and better-connected transport system and a cleaner city centre environment.