2,000th tree planted on the Hinkley Connection Project

5,959 trees and 277,060 square metres of woodland to be planted by 2025

National Grid, in partnership with its carbon neutral landscaping partners, Ground Control Ltd, are celebrating the planting of the 2,000th tree on the Hinkley Connection Project, the new high-voltage line which will connect 6 million UK homes to low carbon energy from Hinkley Point C and other energy sources.

As part of National Grid’s commitment to reduce the visual impact of construction works and the permanent structures being built along the route, 1,257 trees, 39,527 m2 of woodland, and 9,960 linear metres of hedges were planted in the 2021/22 winter planting season.

We’re delivering greener spaces for local people, businesses, and tourists to enjoy

The planting season runs from November to March each year and by March 2025 National Grid has committed to planting a total of 5,959 trees, 33,995 linear metres of hedgerow and 277,060 square metres of woodland planting.

This is an additional 5,306 trees, 93,446 square metres of woodland (the equivalent of more than 13 full size football pitches) and 23,540 linear metres (14 ½ miles) of hedgerow over and above what was removed to enable construction on the Hinkley Connection Project.

Since Ground Control began planting on behalf of National Grid in January 2020, over 17,826 linear metres of hedges, 114,546 m2 of woodland, and 2,595 trees have been planted along the route of the Hinkley Connection Project.

As part of the Hinkley Connection Project’s Off Site Planting and Enhancement Scheme (OSPES), National Grid and Ground Control Ltd have worked with over 500 landowners within 3km of the route who have requested planting on their land. The specialist team design the most appropriate planting schemes for the area, using local plant life to help ensure the landscape’s rich ecosystems are maintained.

In March 2022, Estelle Slater, Quantity Surveyor for National Grid on the Hinkley Connection Project and Tim Moxey from Mark Cricket Club (pictured), were on site to see first-hand, the 2000th tree being planted at the sports club.

Steven Haskayne, Senior Project Manager on the Hinkley Connection Project, commented, “National Grid has been committed to delivering environmental enhancements and leaving a lasting environmental legacy since the Hinkley Connection Project began. We’re delighted to have surpassed the milestone of planting the 2,000th tree along the route.

“We’re now on track to deliver 5,306 more trees to the local area than we initially removed to enable construction.  It’s all part of our commitment to the minimising the impact of our works on local communities and leaving a positive legacy, long after our works are completed.”