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Ecological contracting Vegetation clearance

Vegetation clearance, to suit your site requirements

We provide tree removal and vegetation clearance services on a range of sites including construction, rail, highways and commercial developments all across the UK.

We can undertake all types of vegetation clearance projects, from small- and large-scale mechanised site clearance, to vegetation clearance on ecologically sensitive sites using low ground-pressure machinery and hand tools to minimise disturbance.

As we work very closely with ecologists on a day-to-day basis, we have an excellent understanding of ecological constraints relating to vegetation clearance, and can identify and take account of these at an early stage, helping to prevent costly delays to your programme.

In addition, our experienced team hold SSSTS/SMSTS, CSCS, NPORS, and PTS certifications.

Services that we offer include

Please don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can assist with your project.

In practice

We worked with our client to assist with East West Rail, a major rail project, to connect East Anglia with central, southern and western England.

As part of this project, 17km of mothballed railway is being converted back into a live high speed rail line. Thomson Habitats, in conjunction with Thomson Ecology, were asked to undertake the cess-to-cess clearance, and further clearance of strips along the entire 17km route, to facilitate topographical surveys and detailed design work at the GRIP 2 stage.

We were asked to remove vegetation, up to 6m from the edge of the ballast shoulder, on both sides of a mothballed railway line. This equated to over 20ha of vegetation removal. All chippings were to be removed from site. Large sections of the works involved working in highly sensitive habitats with ecological constraints because of dormice, badgers, reptiles, breeding birds and great crested newts. Thomson Habitats proposed a novel approach utilizing road-rail vehicles (RRVs) running along the existing line to minimise habitat disturbance and to optimise working efficiencies.

The works included:

A safe working perimeter around machinery was implemented using lookouts and the machines were guided by banksmen. All of the works were supervised by ecological clerks of works to ensure that any areas of ecological sensitivity were not disturbed. The project was completed to the brief and within tight timescales. The project was monitored and managed using the Thomson Interactive Mapping (TIM) system which was updated using mobile mappers on site as work progressed.

Thomson Habitats East West Rail


Thomson Habitats East West Rail