New trees planted as part of Ware waste 'supersite' construction

Published: 18 Feb 2020

More than 1,500 new trees have been planted, and a new wildflower meadow created, as part of the works to construct Hertfordshire County Council’s new Household Waste Recycling Centre Supersite in Ware.

The new trees have been planted at High Trees Farm in Chapmore End, to create a new habitat for wildlife. The first cut of the newly seeded wildflowers and grassland will take place in the spring creating a wildflower meadow to provide habitat for insects including declining native pollinators. Areas of grassland will be left to grow long to provide suitable habitat for small mammals and reptiles.

This will all contribute to the Sustainable Hertfordshire strategy - the county council’s ambitious programme to improve sustainability in the county and respond to the climate emergency.

Terry Hone, Cabinet Member for Waste Management, said: “A project like the Ware supersite is a great opportunity to improve and enhance the local environment, and to provide new habitats for wildlife. With over 100,000 new homes due to be built in Hertfordshire in the next 15 years, it’s vital that we upgrade our facilities to cope, but that doesn’t have to come at the expense of the environment.

“We’re very pleased with the progress on site, and excited to see the new supersite starting to take shape. I’m sure when the site reopens everyone will agree it will have been worth the wait, as it will be considerably larger, and a much better experience all round, which has to be a good thing for residents.”

Meanwhile, work is progressing well on site, with the drainage and earthworks completed. Balfour Beatty, who are building the site for us, have also poured the concrete for the new container bays and split-level platforms.

The platforms form part of the split level design of the site, enabling members of the public to tip their recycling into containers on the lower level avoiding the need to walk up the steps.

Work to build the canopy structure, which will keep rain water off the recycling and help protect visitors from bad weather, is currently underway.

The new Ware site, which will be four times the size of the original recycling centre, has been designed to handle up to 300,000 visits a year and up to 10,000 tonnes of waste a year and will feature a purpose built reuse centre.

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