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Green-tech helps community campus to bloom

A new school and community campus for the Scottish Highlands was a riot of colour this year and a big draw for wildlife, thanks to a wildflower meadow created with seeds supplied by Green-tech.

Wick Community Campus

The £48 million Wick Campus project was commissioned by the Highland Council to replace the previous Wick High School and consolidated a number of existing primary schools, a nursery, sports facilities, a community library and swimming pool; into one integrated community facility formerly known as the East Caithness Community Campus.

The 17,500m² Wick Community Campus was officially opened in the Summer of 2018.

Ashlea, one of the UK’s largest privately-owned commercial landscaping companies, is part of the supply chain for Morrison Construction and has undertaken the soft landscaping to a number of schools in the central belt of Scotland and in the Highlands. They were awarded the contract for soft landscaping which included wildflower seeding around the extensive grounds of Wick Campus.

They turned to leading landscape provider Green-tech who supplied more than 300kg of John Chambers Wildflower Seed for phase 2 of the project, including a specialist BREEAM species rich lawn mix, compost, tree stakes, cross bars, belting and blocks.

John Chambers Wildflower Seed has a 35-year history of supplying native British produced wildflower seed and mixes to rural and urban projects across the UK. Seed is sourced from growers that are long established and stringent in their collection processes; it is cleaned by hand, a labour-intensive process that will only achieve the highest quality standards. The team of specially trained seed cleaners only dispatch the best seed that ensures optimum growth and success no matter the climate or soil quality.

As well as the standard mixes, the team work with landscape architects and ecologists across the UK to create bespoke wildflower mixes that meet specific criteria. The team takes time to consider bio-diversity, location, flowering periods and project aspirations before it creates a mix suitable for a specification.

Commenting on the project Stuart Simpson, a Director of Ashlea, said: “The establishment of the wildflower areas has been excellent. It was first seeded in May 2018 during the very dry period we experienced this summer. The establishment of the flowering lawn has been excellent, one of the best we have ever seen and I am sure the warm weather was a contributing factor.

“Being so far north in Scotland the site is subject to ever changing weather conditions and an almost constant wind. It has been a pleasure to work on this project and we always turn immediately to Green-tech as our landscape supplier. They always supply what we need; when we need it; at the most competitive prices. Their John Chambers Wildflower Seed is hand prepared and of excellent quality. We have used their seed on many other projects; always with outstanding results.”


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