On most of our contracts, we work in partnership with our clients who are responsible for the design and specification of the nature conservation services to be delivered. However, some of our clients are now looking to outsource the management of parks and countryside and are therefore looking for their contractor to take responsibility for designing the landscape and specifying the maintenance operations. We can therefore divide our nature conservation activities into landscape maintenance and landscape management.
How idverde UK will protect or enhance biodiversity as a maintenance contractor?
Even if we do not design the landscape or specify the operations, we take full responsibility for the manner in which we operate. As a minimum, idverde commits to the following:
- During contract mobilisation, our contract manager will establish from our client the location of any sites of particular nature conservation interest, especially designated sites.
- Through toolbox talks, our contract manager will ensure that all employees are aware of the locations of sensitive sites and their obligations under the WLCA through simple do’s and don’ts.
- Compulsory biodiversity training is undertaken by all contract delivery staff
- On larger contracts (£1 million+), we will become corporate supporters of our local Wildlife Trust. On contracts where there is a high proportion of nature conservation work, we will commission external training on specific techniques and awareness – usually from the local Wildlife Trust.
- We will be proactive in suggesting more wildlife-friendly ways of working with our clients. We will listen to and actively engage with Friends’ Groups and local Wildlife Groups so that we are aware of areas of local wildlife importance and support volunteers wherever possible. This may involve the loan of equipment, the offer of transport or the active participation in conservation activities.
- As part of our Carbon Reduction Plan, we will offer to plant native tree species under our Employee Tree Scheme to offset our carbon and to increase local biodiversity.