Partnership delivers 1,000 hectares for nature and people ahead of target
Posted on Monday 30 October 2017, 11:01

Congratulations to CEMEX UK and its ongoing partnership with the RSPB, which has recently smashed its own target to deliver 1,000 hectares of new priority habitat as part of its Biodiversity Strategy to restore more of its sites to benefit nature and people. As a bonus, this goal has been met three years ahead of its 2020 target.

At a gathering to mark the creation of the one thousandth hectare at Hopwas Quarry near Tamworth in the West Midlands and attended by Michel Andre, Country President, CEMEX UK,  Andy Spencer, CEMEX UK Director of Sustainability and Mike Clarke, RSPB Chief Executive, amongst others, the partnership revealed some key facts and figures about the achievement, namely that this 1,000 hectares includes the creation of:

  • 600 hectares of diverse grasslands
  • 177+ hectares of woodland
  • 100 hectares of heathland
  • 190 hectares of ponds and open water

This priority habitat delivery is equivalent in size to the London 2012 Olympic Park – twice over!

Species which are set to benefit from this vital habitat include the fast-disappearing twite, turtle dove, house sparrow and swift, together with water vole, European eel, brown hare, small blue butterfly and rare plants, to name but a few.

Attending the celebratory event at Hopwas, Helen Barnard, NAM Programme Manager, commented: “NAM is thrilled to see an ambitious target for biodiversity gain not only set but achieved – and ahead of schedule at that!

“It just goes to show what can happen when business and the conservation sector work side by side to provide benefits all round. Not only are sustainable working practices good for business, the CEMEX UK model of restoring and managing its sites with nature firmly in mind is also hugely beneficial for species and local communities.  As well as safeguarding our biodiversity, nature-restored sites also provide a valuable resource for people to rediscover the natural environment in their neighbourhood and themselves find a refuge from the day-to-day hustle and bustle of life.”

For further details, see the Press Release relating to this achievement on the CEMEX UK website here.

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