Environment and community programmes

As part of the SLP Project, we have developed an Environmental Investment Programme (EIP). The EIP comprises a range of activities along the replacement pipeline route to carry out localised projects such as creating or improving habitats to enhance biodiversity. We are continuing to work with the relevant bodies to confirm the final package we can offer at each site. The EIP is a voluntary programme and should be viewed as separate from the activities required under the terms of our Development Consent Order (DCO). Information on our community activities will be released in late 2021.

Queen Elizabeth Park is a 24-acre woodland park located in Farnborough, Hampshire.

Localised rhododendron control outside of the Project Order Limits. This increases light availability to the understorey and creates a more diverse edge habitat.

Signage and interpretation boards throughout the park. Signage detailing information on local flora and fauna species encourages local conservation efforts and enhances visitor experience within the natural environment.

Restoration & reed planting to the pond adjacent to the existing play area within the park. Pond restoration encourages a greater variety of flora and fauna species through freshwater availability and wetland habitats, which increases biodiversity. Reed planting increases the habitats in the area.

Cove Brook is a two-mile greenway through the middle of a built-up area of Farnborough, Hampshire.

Signage and interpretation boards to be provided at Cove Brook and Blunden Hall. Signage detailing information on local flora and fauna species encourages local conservation efforts and enhances visitor experience within the natural environment.

Scrub and tree clearance adjacent to the brook over a total area of 500m2. This encourages a greater variety of habitat and lets more light into the watercourse.

Bramble removal in areas adjacent to the brook. Clearance of bramble and other scrub allows for additional wildflower planting.

Wildflower corridor creation in areas adjacent to the brook. This increases the biodiversity in the local area, as well as bettering the visual amenity.

Otter survey at Five Arches Railway Bridge. This allows for a better understanding the otter population presence and use of the Cove Brook in this area.

Simple in-stream enhancements comprising a mixture of large wood, woody/brash berms and gravel to improve in-stream habitats throughout Cove Brook. This creates areas of differing flow to provide habitat for a wider range of biodiversity.

Project support to provide third party technical specialist work particularly with regard to watercourse activities. This ensures the correct specialist advice is obtained to maximise the benefits of the environmental work.

Southwood Country Park is a 57-hectare Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) located on the site of the former Southwood Golf Course in Farnborough, Hampshire.

Encroaching birch removal in Southwood Woodland. This reduces the successional growth of scrub and encourages the establishment of acidic grassland.

Encroaching willow/alder removal & tree thinning. Willow/alder removal over an area of 1000m2 and tree thinning over an area of 250m2. These activities reduce the successional growth of scrub and encourages marsh grassland.

Woodland copse creation to the east of the park with an approximate area of 8000m2. This encourages a variety of habitat, creating a matrix of habitats across the site.

The South Downs National Park is England’s newest national park, covering an area of 1,627km2 in southern England, stretching from Winchester to Eastbourne.

Hedgerow planting and restoration over a distance of 20km throughout the South Downs National Park. This provides nature with a road system, allowing wildlife to move safely from one area to another; provides buffers to reduce the run off from fields that degrade the soils; and provides support to a number of rare and endangered species including the harvest mice and brown hairstreak butterfly.