Humberhead Peatland NNR - LIFE+ peatland restoration Framework 2016/2017 - Natural England
After being successful in a competitive tender process for Phase 2 of evapotranspiration reduction on Thorne and Hatfield Moors, ELMS were contracted to complete a number of areas of birch and rhododendron scrub clearance for Natural England. ELMS conducted the clearance of 150 Hectares of scrub clearance in challenging peatbog conditions, using low ground pressure machinery and motor manual clearance techniques. This included the clearance of approximately 25ha of thick impenetrable mature rhododendron which was flail to ground level using a tracked bobcat with forestry mulcher attachment and a Fecon 128 forestry mulcher. Compartments which were inaccessible to machinery including waterlogged areas were cleared using motor manual teams which stacked material and treated exposed stumps to reduce regrowth.
The project was not without its difficulties but under the circumstances of the contract and the difficult conditions ELMS were pleased with the resulting clearance and are proud to have supplied this contract as part of the LIFE+ framework.