I'm sure I'm being stupid or I may just be tired of looking at this PQQ!
I am stumped on this question:
Please give details of how you would advise "Company" of opportunities for increasing biodiversity at our sites or opportunities to identify and minimise environmental impacts arising from grounds maintenance work.
This is for a site that isn't really in the business of having onsite compost areas etc. Can I just suggest that it would be good to leave areas of lawn to go to meadow at certain times in the year for insect and bird life? Is that a little too vague?
It may sound a little retro, but you could add differential mowing, insect borders, dead wood habitats into the mix........
"opportunities to identify and minimise environmental impacts arising from grounds maintenance work"
If there is border maintenance included with in the spec, and these need to be mulched, then how about sourcing local recycled materials / manure / bark from a local source etc - this would reduce the environmental impact through lower total carbon emissions? Same could be said for new plants although this is difficult these days.
If there is no opportunity to compost perhaps it would be good to identify dump sites (allotments or farms) local to the site to minimise environmental impact of handling the arisings?
Biodiversity - wild flower mixes over set aside areas and as mark says above.
Just had an email from the tender to say not to answer this question now - as it will be asked at ITT point and they can't ask the same question again!
It's about more than just biodiversity as James has picked up.
Minimising impacts includes reducing foot traffic on lawns where possible, ensuring no fuel is spilled, recycling grass clippings, ensuring noise levels are carefully controlled, using low-emission tools, using low volumes spray gear if spraying, or indeed using organic or environmentally-friendly products for control of weeds and feeding.
Biodiversity could be encouraged by avoiding chemicals, forming hedgehog passages, creating stick zones with hedge cuttings if possible, seeding or allowing growth of wildflower areas, leaving some dead wood if safe to encourage bird nesting, creation of ponds.
There are a lot of standard procedures you can describe as they may seem common but they do ensure env. impacts are minimised (e.g. not using machines before 8am, taking waste to a compost site, reducing road miles as far as possible, using organic 2 stroke oil, etc.
Yup, cut and mulch is what I meant by recycle clippings :) Very good for lawns and reduces a lot of mileage and fuel over the 'product' lifecycle (think diesel-driven windrowers, tumblers and sieves at compost facilities not to mention packaging).
You will need to have answers prepared anyway should you pass the PQQ stage.
Would also weave in Organic fertilisers somewhere into responses and look at IPM solutions - rather than pesticides etc.
The beauty of LJN - always a rich array of ideas and answers - trouble I have, is bookmarking all the useful info for when I need it ! :-)
Amen to 'bookmarking all the info' I'm going to have swat up if I get through to ITT!
Gotta love LJN.
Yep, it's where it's at....:-)
Not hedgecutting during bird nesting times, allowing some corners to be overgrown
during the winter months, building wildlife towers out of old wooden pallets and filling with
different materials. Creating small ponds, and planting native species. Making sure that there
are different levels in the area, eg large and small trees, shrubs perennials, and always have areas of long grass/wildflowers.
The compost area is something that they should have, so it is always worth suggesting it, it could be combined with the pond area and the wildflower area, plus the wildlife tower and the pile of branches, as it then becomes an eco show case for them.