High Speed 2 (HS2) has today outlined plans to plant 7M news trees and earthworks to re-use 90% of material excavated during construction of Phase One between London and the West Midlands.
HS2 described the scale of the work as the largest ever undertaken by an infrastructure project in the UK and said the work will help integrate the new line into its surrounding landscape and environment.
The organisation has said that the work will create 9km2 of new native woodland and create and preserve a total of 33km of wildlife habitats.
“Alongside improving connectivity, boosting the economy and unlocking new jobs and opportunities, I’m determined to ensure that HS2 also works for the environment and local communities,” said HS2 chief executive Mark Thurston.
“This starts by doing everything we can to reduce our environmental footprint and minimise the expected impact of our construction work. Longer-term, we’ll be leaving behind a network of new wildlife habitats, woodlands, and community spaces, helping to create a lasting legacy along the route.
“We’ve already got to work by supporting a range of community projects and creating a series of new habitats, including planting over 230,000 trees so far. We’ll be calling on local people and organisations to get involved as the green corridor starts to take shape.”