Environmental Services

boundary restoration
A & R Landscapes Cumbria offers a full range of environmental services.

In a world where global warming, urbanisation and deforestation is having a massive impact on our environment, it is very important and necessary to do the little things that matter in order to maintain the natural balance of nature.

We specialise in the maintenance of local natural environments like woodland management, boundary restoration, invasive weed control and hedgerow restoration.

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Boundary Restoration

A & R Landscape Services Cumbria have restored field boundaries such as hedgerows and dry stone walls.
These traditional boundaries form a big part of the landscape's character and heritage, provide boundary markers, shelter for stock, reduce soil erosion and provide habitat and corridors for wildlife to use.

As well as restoring fencing and hedges, we also undertake a wide range of specialist, bespokedry stone walling and stonework construction works in natural stone, in a wide variety of stone types, equally varied localities and throughout most weather conditions.

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Habitat Management

We can provide advice on how to create and manage habitats for wildlife on farmland.
It can be difficult to know the most suitable way to manage land for the benefit of wildlife. We're here to help with that!
Managing land for the benefit of wildlife is highly important and we aim to show landowners just how easy it can be and how much of a difference they can make to their local wildlife.

  • Arable field margins
  • Beetle banks
  • Conservation headlands
  • Drainage channels
  • Extensively grazed grassland
  • Field margins on grasslands
  • Gill/clough woodland
  • Hay meadows
  • Over-wintered stubble
  • Non-rotational set-aside
  • Hedgerows
  • Nectar flower mixtures
  • Scrub
  • One year out of production Arable
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Hedgerow Restoration

HOW CAN I RESTORE AND MANAGE HEDGEROWS?

HEDGE TRIMMING - Good hedge trimming prevents the destruction of birds nests. If done on a rotational basis rather than annually hedges can thicken and it ensures a good berry crop.

LONG-TERM MANAGEMENT BY LAYING OR COPPICING

Consider laying or coppicing to increase the density of your hedge. This is often the best way to restore a hedgerow. It is best to coppice a very old or neglected hedge. It causes the hedge less stress than laying.
Both coppicing and laying will reduce birds’ breeding opportunities in the few years immediately after management and should therefore be carried out on a long rotation basis. This is preferable to managing large sections in one year as it helps to minimise the loss of nesting habitat available each spring.

PLANTING UP GAPPY HEDGES

Preventing gaps in hedges developing allows maximum nesting habitat for birds and protection from other preying wildlife.

PROTECTION FROM FIELD MANAGEMENT PRACTICES

Nesting birds need a thick hedge base. You can maintain this by avoiding spray drift, over-zealous trimming, ploughing too close to the hedge or heavy grazing.

MAINTAINING HEDGEROW TREES

It is important to leave old dead trees while replacing them with new saplings as they provide space for insect communities which in turn provide a rich source of insects for birds.

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Invasive Weed Control

The biggest killer of plants after they have been planted is neglect. Weeds compete for water and nutrients and restrict the plants growth it is therefore essential that ground be kept weed free. All our staff are trained to the highest standards to ensure safe and effective chemical applications. A & R Landscapes Cumbria provides a strimming, mowing and tube removal services in young plantations as well as selective weed control on playing fields and sports pitches. Many species of voracious plants are already in the UK causing major problems. Their control and eradication needs to be carefully planned, monitored and managed to ensure the existing situation of their overpowering invasion is minimised.

We provide weed control and weed maintenance services to small & large companies, private organisations and local councils. Clients include councils, supermarkets, hotels, public parks, business parks, industrial parks, golf courses, leisure centres, shopping complexes etc.

Commercial Weed Control

Unsightly weeds make a company premises look scruffy, but can harbor pests such as mice and rats, create a fire hazard, snag rubbish and litter and cause damage to hard standing, paved areas and tarmac. The control of moss and algae on walkways is very important, the surfaces becomes very slippery and clearly presents a potential slip hazard.

A & R Landscapes Cumbria is able to design an invasive weed control solution specific to your needs. We have the equipment to stem inject, knap sack spray as well as spray larger areas with low ground pressure ATV equipment. In some sensitive areas we can target specific plants, avoiding the impact associated ‘blanket’ spraying.

Our expertise includes the eradication of:

  • Japanese Knotweed
  • Giant Hogweed
  • Himalayan Balsam
  • Ragwort
  • Rhododendron
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Woodland Management

A & R Landscapes Cumbria can provide all of your woodland mnanagement needs. If you would like to speak to us about woodland management solutions? Call us today on 07791648825 or 07730570889.

Why Manage Woodlands?

Environmental

  • Important wildlife habitat
  • Reacreational Setting
  • Absorbtion of pollution & CO2
  • Shelter for animals etc.
  • Screen buildings & eyesores
  • They make Oxygen

Economical

  • Provision of livelihood
  • Sustainable Timber production
  • Business opportunities
  • Job provision
  • Income from sporting interests
  • Enhanced property value

There is a commonly held conception that woods are wild places that can look after themselves. In nature woods are the climax vegetation, a term that means that they find equilibrium where renewal and death are in a perfect balance. Natural catastrophe such as storm or fire creates gaps in the canopy allowing light in so that seeds can germinate and the woods renewed.

This type of woodland no longer exists in Cumbria, Britain or even possibly Europe. To be free of human involvement, it needs to be on a vast scale and even then humans will have exploited it on some level.

After the ice age clearing of woodland for agriculture began and wood was used for building and heat. The ‘wildwood’ soon became tamed and many of our woodland plants and animals adapted to a much more actively managed woodland landscape.

Woodland in the UK is rich in biodiversity, and woodlands are popular places for recreation and leisure. They provide products such as fuel and wood for use in our daily lives and are part of the solution to climate change.

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