Client: Forestry Commission
Project: Grassland Reversion
Location: Bernwood Forest
Project commenced: March 2016
Project Completed: May 2016

Bernwood Forest 1

Background

Bernwood Forest was part of The Royal Hunting Forest, which covered approximately fifty modern day parishes and received royal protection for over 700 years. Shabbington and Waterperry, the two woods that make up Bernwood Forest are gradually being converted to native broadleaf. In time these areas will revert to Oak woodland with Hazel understory. One of the main priorities is to encourage food plants for the wide variety of common and rare butterflies such as the Purple Emperor which live in the forest.

The Project

To revert approximately 2 hectares of 10 year old spruce plantation back to open grassland habitat. This area will then be managed to promote a diverse range of wildflowers to benefit a wide variety of invertebrates, particularly butterflies.

Our Project management role

A.G.A. Group Consultancy took complete ownership of this project on behalf of the Forestry Commission providing bespoke Project Management.

This service included:

• Obtaining three competitive quotes and appointing the most suitably qualified and cost effective contractor.

• Complete all FC contract documents including Verbal and Written Quote Records, PCM Gateway Forms and associated File Notes.

• Overseeing all aspects of the implementation stage. We negotiated commencement dates, conducted pre-start meetings and completed all contract monitoring to ensure compliance with health and safety legislation and project specification.

• Liaison between client and contractor to agree project completion.