Countryside Management is about conserving and enhancing all aspects of our countryside. From helping to preserve wildlife to enhancing the beautiful landscape views.
Here at Roundtop we erect park benches around the local community using locally sourced wood, making full use out of timber we fell. These make for a perfect rest stop to oversee all the beautiful scenery we’re surrounded by.
Maintaining bridleways is essential as not only does it provide a much-improved vigour for the surrounding area but to ensure a safe path mainly for horse riders and cyclists. Keeping all path edges clear of bramble and overhanging branches to ensuring debris and hazardous objects are completely off the bridleway so no injuries are sustained to a horse’s hoof.
Keeping your watercourse well-maintained benefits the community as a whole. If an area experiences constant flooding, this becomes a nuisance to the community, can restrict access to property, makes everyday living difficult, and results in considerable expense and inconvenience for those that have been flooded. To ensure a free-flowing watercourse, keep it free from all debris removing large obstacles. Keeping all vegetation tidy and cut above water level.
For flood risk Watercourses such as ditches and culverts are designed to drain surface water away, before the water levels increase to an extent that puts property, roads, land and infrastructure at risk of flooding. If ditches and culverts are maintained to a good standard, any flooding is likely to only affect areas in the floodplain.
Not all watercourses transport water, as some act purely for storage, but maintenance of the capacity of these storage features is important, as they prevent water flooding elsewhere. The cost of maintaining a watercourse is minor compared to the costs that can arise from flood damage.
For wildlife If a watercourse is carefully maintained, it can create an excellent habitat for wildlife. In certain areas, watercourses are home to the Water Vole, a nationally protected species. Careful planning, such as trimming alternate banks of the watercourse each year to remove obstructive vegetation allows landowners to help fulfil their riparian responsibilities, whilst enhancing the environment. This approach allows wildlife to migrate to opposite sides of the watercourse each year, rather than be forced to leave the watercourse totally. The removal of silt and debris from the watercourse bed is also very important and again can enhance the environment, as well as ensure the free flow of water.