Site Clearance

Site Clearance

Knighton Countryside Management has been undertaking large scale vegetation management works for nearly 30 years. We have developed methodologies to complete site clearance operations whatever the requirements of the project.

We have completed clearance projects on pipelines, building sites, industrial sites, wind farms, solar projects and even nuclear sites.

Good planning and project management are key to site clearance projects. Once instructed, our focus is developing a project plan that incorporates a robust Risk Assessment and Method Statement. The management team visits the site and establishes project constraints, the method of clearance required and where any waste from the project can be utilised. We strive to cut costs on projects and reduce environmental impacts by using and reusing timber, brash and chip either as marketable commodities or as raw materials for enhancement works. All materials arising from the operation are documented to ensure compliance.

As large ecological contractors we are able to assist developing methodologies that comply with all relevant environmental legislation while keeping project costs under control. Knighton’s teams are all trained in ecological mitigation work, so using us ensures that any clearance takes into account the protection of endangered species, control of wildlife and the preservation of rare plants, as well as other ecological and environmental issues. Knighton also have protocols in place in the event of finding hazardous wastes, so you can be sure that your site has been cleared in a way that complies with current Health & Safety Legislation.

Recent site clearances have been for projects such as solar and wind farms, building sites, construction routes, network rail sites, agricultural land and on SSSIs, National Parks and in AONBs. A full Risk Assessment & Method Statement is carried out prior to clearance work beginning and this is agreed with clients so that any problem areas can be highlighted. Knighton fully understand the time critical nature of clearance works and will do everything to ensure that a job is completed to an agreed deadline.

Our range of specialist plant and our 50 directly employed personnel make us an idea choice for work requiring tight deadlines as we have sufficient in house resources to deal with the unexpected. We have both large mechanised plant and lightweight low pressure equipment. Our Heizohack chipper is ideal for mulching large areas, and our cherry pickers, skid steer loaders and tractors, are always available along with numerous chainsaws and brushcutters. We can carry out site hoarding, mitigation fencing and other enabling works simultaneously, saving on time, preparation and the need for multiple contractors on site. Our remote controlled predator Stumpgrinder is ideal for clearing large stumps, and we have sufficient manpower to carry our hand clearing where conditions dictate.

With the ability to operate as principal or sub-contractor under CDM regulations, Knighton are adept in working with other contractors who may be on site. We can act as a greenspace ‘one stop shop’ through the life of the project and even undertake the landscaping and reinstatement at the end.

Services include:

Picture of a tractor with a massive chipper doing site clearance in Wales

Chipping arisings for biomass on a large pipeline site clearance project in Wales

Clearance for Pipelines or Powerlines
Clearing, removing and recycling waste materials
Greenfield or brownfield site clearance
Ground works
Flailing, clearing & mulching vegetation
Removal & Control of Invasive Species
Site Fencing
Site Preparation for Construction or Railway projects
Tree Felling & removal
Understanding of environmental and ecological issues
Working in protected and scientifically important areas
Working to tight deadlines

Good planning – trained operatives – tested methodologies – modern machinery