Archive for the 'Biodiversity' Category

Guernsey Water creates sustainable drainage system at Vauvert Primary School

May 19th, 2017 by Guernsey Water

Guernsey Water, in partnership with Education Services and Vauvert Primary School in St Peter Port, has installed a sustainable drainage system (SuDS) at the school, which has reduced the quantity and the speed of the flow of surface water into the foul water network.

The alley has been covered in a permeable resin-bound material, which is angled gently towards the planted swale to retain even more water (click image to expand)

An alley behind the Vauvert Primary School building has been modified and resurfaced with a permeable resin-bound material to help reduce the amount of water that enters drains, and may overwhelm them in a short time during periods of heavy rainfall.

Tarmac along the outer wall of the alley has been removed to create a planted swale consisting of graded stone, grit and top soil, which receives about 200 square metres of runoff water. Continue reading

Tree and Woodcraft Fair at Les Cotils on Saturday 10 October 2015

October 10th, 2015 by Guernsey Trees for Life

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Guernsey’s second Tree & Woodcraft Fair will be held at Les Cotils, St Peter Port from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday 10 October 2015.

Guernsey Tree For Life organiser Richard Loyd said “our first Tree Fair, at Fairfield, Castel in October 2011, was hugely successful and we hope to have another sunny day for our 2015 Fair.”

“The programme includes all things tree-related from advice on planting, pruning and maintaining trees to demonstrations from local tree surgeons and skilled local woodcrafters,” said Andy McCutcheon, Secretary of Guernsey Trees For Life.

Nick McMillen from Field Farm Project based in Hampshire will be at the centre of the Fair.” Continue reading

The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees to vote on name change

June 24th, 2015 by Guernsey Trees for Life

Andrew McCutcheon, Secretary of The Guernsey Society for the Men of the Trees, digs a hole to plant a tree at Les Prins Estate (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Andrew McCutcheon, Secretary of The Guernsey Society for the Men of the Trees, digs a hole to plant a tree at Les Prins Estate (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

On Thursday 25 June 2015 members of The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees (GMOTT) at their AGM will  decide whether to change the charity’s name to ‘Guernsey Trees for Life’.

The original “Men of the Trees” was the brainchild of Richard St Barbe Baker who in 1922 set up a tree nursery in Kenya and founded an organization with the Kikuyu people to carry out managed reforestation in the region, using native species.

In the regional dialect, the local society was called “Watu wa Miti” literally “Men of the Trees”.

This formed the foundation stone for what was to become an international organization with the aim of reforesting areas of the world denuded of their trees. Continue reading

An excellent year for the Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards

June 11th, 2015 by Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards

Ronez were the 2015 Insurance Corporation Award winners (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Ronez Ltd. were the 2015 Insurance Corporation Award winners – (left to right) Glyn Smith, MD of Insurance Corporation; the Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Richard Collas; Steve Roussel, Operations Manager; and Seamus Gillespie and Chris Le Tissier from Ronez Ltd (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Ronez Ltd won the top prize in the 2015 Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards.

The local quarrying and construction business won the award for the environmental initiatives it has implemented at its Les Vardes quarry in the parish of St Sampson.

Michelle Arundale, HR and PR Executive at Insurance Corporation, and chair of the Conservation Awards judging panel, said that awarding the top prize of £2,000 to Ronez Ltd was a unanimous decision.

“The judges were greatly impressed by their commitment to maintaining a Biodiversity Action Plan and their passion for delivering it,” she said.

“They have planted 7000 trees and have installed numerous nesting boxes to encourage barn owls, kestrels and peregrine falcons.”

Many staff members are involved with the project to enhance the environment at their industrial site.

Harvey Adams, aged 15, was the runner-up and received £1,000 for his tree-planting scheme at the KGV playing fields as part of the Little Trees Project.

Glyn Smith, MD of Insurance Corporation, the Bailiff of Guernsey Sir Richard Collas, and Harvey Adams with his award (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Glyn Smith, MD of Insurance Corporation; the Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Richard Collas; and Harvey Adams with his certificate and Award (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

“Harvey’s project has merit because the planting will benefit insect life as well as the public,” Michelle Arundale said.

“The path that has been built is not well-known but it is charming and we hope the planting will attract more people to visit the area,” she said.

This was the 25th Anniversary of the Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards so it was decided to give an additional ‘Manpower’ Award, which was won by the charity Edible Guernsey.

(left to right) Glyn Smith, MD of Insurance Corporation; The Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Richard Collas; Marguerite Talmage and Karen Marsh, co-directors of Edible Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

(left to right) Glyn Smith, MD of Insurance Corporation; The Bailiff of Guernsey, Sir Richard Collas; with Marguerite Talmage and Karen Marsh, co-directors of Edible Guernsey, who received the Insurance Corporations Conservation Awards Manpower Award (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

A large team of workers from Insurance Corporation will spend a day helping Edible Guernsey develop their Bee Alley.

The judges were very impressed with their Edible Farm situated on a three vergee site at the former Sandpiper Vinery in St Pierre du Bois.

The charity will provide greater food security and sustainability on the island by increasing the diversity and abundance of local produce.

The winner of this year’s Peter Walpole People’s Choice award, which was voted for on the insurance Corporation website, was Harvey Adams whose Little Trees Project gained the most votes. He won £500 to help fund the initiative.

Peter Walpole, Chairman of Insurance Corporation, with Harvey Adams, and Michelle Arundale, Chair of the Conservation Awards judging panel (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Peter Walpole, Chairman of Insurance Corporation; with Harvey Adams; and Michelle Arundale, Chair of the judging committee (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Judges also viewed a number of other projects including a scheme from Queux Patio Plants to highlight and counter the over-planting of allergenic wind-pollinated trees in urban areas by supplying female plants such as Coprosma sp.

Queux Patio Plants Coprosma female flower that is hypoallergenic (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Queux Patio Plants Coprosma female flower that is hypo-allergenic (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Conservation Awards judges also viewed a new cliff path to Saints Bay in St Martins, and a Floral St Peter Port project to install a flower basket watering system in the retail area of St Peter Port.

Queux Patio installing flower baskets on Fountain Street (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Queux Patio installing automatically watered flower baskets on Fountain Street in St Peter Port (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

The youngest entrant was eight year-old Enzo Crowson who won a special ‘Young Conservationist of the Year’ award for his excellent bug hotel in his parents’ front garden.

The Young Conservationist of the Year award went to Enzo Crowson for his bug hotel (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Young Conservationist of the Year award went to Enzo Crowson for his bug hotel (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Enzo has also entered in previous years with his elder brother Jenson and the judges were delighted to see his use of recycled products and his continued commitment to such an important environmental cause.

Conservation Herd at Port Soif to encourage habitat for skylarks

June 10th, 2015 by La Société Guernesiaise

A Guernsey Conservation herd steer at Port Soif on 9 June 2015 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

A Guernsey Conservation herd steer at Port Soif on 9 June 2015 (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

La Société Guernesiaise is to use its herd of six Guernsey steers to try to attract the skylark back to the Island by reintroducing grazing to the Port Soif Common area this summer.

Many islanders will remember the wonderful sight and sound of the skylarks that were once widespread in Guernsey. However, apart from the odd visitor, they are no longer found on the island. The area around Port Soif was well-known for these ground-nesting birds, but none has bred there for about eight years. Continue reading

Bailiwick residents invited to enter 2015 Conservation Awards by 8 May

April 30th, 2015 by Insurance Corporation

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Conservations and ecologists are invited to enter the 2015 Insurance Corporation Conservation Awards to highlight work they are doing in the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

The awards now in their 25th year have raised the profile of many island conservation projects performed by schools, environmental groups, businesses and private landowners.

Pat Wisher from the 2014 winners, Living Streets Guernsey, said the group entered the conservation awards to highlight its Baubigny Schools enhancement programme which aims to provide an outside learning area for St Sampson High School and Le Murier School. Continue reading

Appleby sponsor trees and shrubs they help plant at North Plantation

April 7th, 2014 by Appleby

Katina Jones, Chair of Floral St Peter Port, in tabard, with Appleby employees, and Pat Johnson, Chair of Floral Guernsey, after planting the southern end of the North Plantation (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Katina Jones, Chair of Floral St Peter Port, in tabard, with Appleby employees, and Pat Johnson, Chair of Floral Guernsey, in light blue shirt, after planting the southern end of the North Plantation (click image to expand – image courtesy of Appleby)

The final stages of the North Plantation’s makeover was completed on Sunday 6 April 2014 with a replanting of the southern end of the flower bed next to the Guernsey Information Centre.

Three hollies were removed and replaced with nine species of shrub and tree including Phoenix palms, Viburnum, Hebe, Hydrangea, and three Golden Yews to add brightness and colour.

The North Plantation planting forms part of the St Peter Port entry into the 2014 Britain in Bloom competition organised by the Royal Horticultural Society. Continue reading

Tree care volunteers requested to help establish trees at St Germain, Castel on 29 March 2014

March 25th, 2014 by Richard Lord

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You are invited to a Tree Care Army morning at the Sigma Wood at St Germain, Castel beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday 29 March 2014.

Please wear boots and gloves and if possible bring garden tools such as a spade, shovel, wheelbarrow, bucket or hoe.

Volunteers plan to complete the weeding of the new trees and place wood chip mulch around them to aid their growth and Continue reading

United Nations proclaims 21 March as International Day of Forests

March 19th, 2014 by Richard Lord

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March as the International Day of Forests.

The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests.

On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.

The Guernsey Society of the Men of the Trees and the Guernsey Tree Wardens undertake regular tree plantings and tree maintenance programmes in Guernsey.

 

RSPB Guernsey slide show on ‘British Columbia’ on 5 March 2014

March 4th, 2014 by Events

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RSPB Guernsey present a slide show by Judy Down and Jean Brown on ‘British Columbia’, Canada beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, 5 March 2014 at La Villette Hotel, St Martin, Guernsey.

The ticket price at the door is £5 (£4 for RSPB members).

The price includes coffee or tea and biscuits.