Freightliner’s Sustainability team, in conjunction with members of Mendip Rail, prepared and planted a wildflower meadow at the Merehead Depot based in the Mendip Hills of Somerset. An 8x2 meters area has been successfully planted using wildflower seed mats with a variety of flora species specifically chosen to encourage more pollinating insects, like bees, into the area. The meadow is part of a much larger area, around 770 meters, which has been prepared for even more seeds to be planted in order to create a wildflower meadow that will be able to support multiple beehives. These beehives will not only encourage pollination and biodiversity but will also provide colleague with delicious Freightliner honey!
The Freightliner Southampton Maritime site have completed phase 1 of their green corridor project. A variety of ivy, which is fast-growing, resilient and evergreen, is being planted using existing site perimeter fencing. The ivy will add an additional level of security to the site by creating a green screen along the fence line as well as a corridor for insects to move along to other areas – they often struggle to migrate between green spaces, so the ivy line helps to combat this issue.
The team had a lot of success last year planting sunflowers on this site – this added colour and green interest to an otherwise very industrial and concrete port environment. They have also created flower planters and hanging baskets on site to add a splash of colour for colleagues to enjoy as they move around the terminal.
The Pentalver Cannock operations team have been looking at ways to optimise non-operational areas of their site to increase biodiversity. The team have worked to encourage insects into the area by planting seeds into old tyres.
Using a mixture of seed mats and scatter seeds they created a multi-layered wildflower display as well as homemade bug hotels using old pallets to create a home for critters and act as a local food source. This great initiative shows you can reuse items which would usually end up being disposed of whist encouraging more flora and fauna growth on a budget without sacrificing operational space.
The Pentalver Felixstowe site finds itself in the unique position whereby the operational space is already surrounded by naturally varied and healthy flora habitats. Pentalver & Freightliner joined forces with The Suffolk Wildlife Trust who kindly came to perform a site survey – we were thrilled at the vast array of options open to us – we also found out that our site is within one of the very few areas of Suffolk which would be an ideal habitat for the globally threatened stag beetle. Fortunately, minimal intervention is required to improve the flora in the area – some of the initiatives in progress include:
- Building a new Tawny Owl box
- Adding bat and kestrel boxes into trees to encourage these species to create habitats in the area
- Creating a log shelter on the ground level to encourage stag beetles into the area
This site is encouragingly already reporting sightings of deer, hedgehogs and a buzzard – who the operational team at Felixstowe have endearingly named George.
The Pentalver Southampton site is looking at ways to innovate and improve biodiversity on site without impacting operational areas. The Sustainability team have created multiple wildflower meadows and several more are planned. They use a mix of wildflower mats which are tailored for both butterflies and bees and are adding colour to the entrance of the site.