Caledonia Water Alliance – Tree Clearance works at Eglinton country Park

Ayrshire Tree Surgeons were contracted by Caledonia Water Alliance to undertake a large scale tree clearance operation at Eglinton Country Park in Irvine. The trees were being cleared to make way for a new major pipeline for Scottish Water linking Irvine and Dreghorn. This was a highly sensitive site in complete public view within a busy section of the country park. There was constant exposure to the public and potential negative impact for North Ayrshire Council, the Countryside Ranger Service, Scottish Water, CWA and Ayrshire Tree Surgeons.

We had to co-ordinate activities with local councillors, our client, the local authority, the ranger service and on site ecologists to minimise disruption to public access and minimise the environmental impact of our works. This was achieved through regular site meetings, development of branded public information boards explaining the need for the works and constant communication between ourselves and the client. Our staff were also trained to deal with the public in an informative manner.

The tree clearance works had to be carried out within a strict timescale to allow the works to be completed before the onset of bird nesting season and prevent the multi million pound contract being delayed until the end of nesting season in September. Trees had to be felled, chipped on site then stumps excavated and mulched on site. Heavy timber had to be forwarded to a suitable location for collection by timber haulier.

Ayrshire Tree Surgeons completed the contract within the timescales and within budget to the clients satisfaction. The project value was £54k.



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