Getting wild


Landscaping, December 2010 (large version)

As the winter season gets under way, work has started on the planting along the line of the road.

Around 90,000 shrubs, trees and hedges will be used between Manor Roundabout and Ridgeway.

Some planting is to replace trees, hedges and scrub that had to be removed to build the road, and others are part of the scheme to help it blend into the landscape.

Overall, there will be about ten times the area of new trees and shrubs compared with that lost.

In the photos above you can see county council and Skanska environmental officers monitoring progress of the wildflower seeds that were sown last April.

In most areas there has been excellent germination and we are looking forward to a good display on the cutting slopes next spring.



2 Responses to “Getting wild”

  1. Peter Harris Says:

    Something seems to have gone badly wrong as the barren slopes that meet travellors coming into Weymouth look more like a desert scene or the entrance to an industrial site than the gateway to an idylic resort fit to host world class events. When will the landscaping and planting of these presently dismal banks and verges be carried out? In time for next summer maybe?
    The unkempt and overgrown roundabouts too are a very poor sight to set before visitors. Think back to how our guests and returning residents used to be welcomed with a glorious vista of a seaside resort surrounded by lush countryside and the then there was the carefully presented gardens especially that on Manor roundabout. Now we just have those dreadful banks blocking the view of the bay and then those unkempt roundabouts.

    • Weymouth Relief Road Says:

      Hi Peter,

      We too hope that the planted and seeded areas of the relief road will look respectable next summer and the contractors are currently catching up with grass and weed control.

      However, the trees and shrubs that have been planted along the line of the scheme and on the roundabouts will not be fully mature for some time, and have been planted to help integrate the road into the landscape and to mitigate against biodiversity loss using low nutrient soils and local wildflowers. It was not designed as a horticultural experience.

      The Ridgeway cuttings were sown with carefully selected local grass and wildflower seeds in spring 2010 and supplemented with further seeding in autumn/winter 2010.

      The natural environment team has to rely on the weather to help develop the planted and seeded areas; something not helped by a dry spring, wet summer and extremely cold winter.

      The roundabouts have been planted with low maintenance trees and shrubs which, as they mature, will be in scale with the road landscape and will no longer have unsustainable and costly annual bedding plants on them.

      The final planting works for the scheme will be undertaken this autumn and winter, after which there will be a five year establishment maintenance programme.

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