Mini forest set to grow larger in Somerset
With concerns over the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the loss to wild habitat for flora and fauna in England there is one place which is seeing the planting of more trees which provide solutions to both issues.
The Stables Business Park at Rooksbridge in Somerset is set to further expand its tree cover by the planting of another 1,800 trees this winter. They will add to the already extensive woodland cover earlier this year when 5,000 trees were planted in the grounds of the park just off the A38.
“We have a motto here: relax you’re at work,” said proprietor Tom Dally, “as we have made the business park as green as we can with woods and even a pond to attract wildlife. With the grants available through National Grid and the Hinkley Point Project we’ve already created a large wood on the right as you come in with more trees to the left. The new trees will add to the main forested area with more on the left nearer the office in the meadow.”
With a mixture of native broadleaf trees that include oak, beech, hazel and holly the first plantation was created in January and has already thriving in the rich soil of the park.
The Hinkley Connection plantation at Rooksbridge is already the single largest planting undertaken so far in the policy of increasing reforestation and is set to grow even larger under the 106 planning agreement to offset the new power lines currently being constructed linking Hinkley to Seabank near Avonmouth. Hinkley Connection is a joint project featuring National Grid, Western Power and EDF at Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station.
It goes without saying that the recent COP26 conference stressed the importance of planting trees to improve the environment, encourage wildlife, combat pollution and carbon dioxide and pump oxygen into the atmosphere.
Hinkley Connection said: “We’re already engaged with landowners closest to the route, and we’re now making the scheme available to landowners within 3km of the new connection. Wherever possible we will use native species such as oak, willow, hazel, hawthorn and maple, to create woods and to infill in existing hedges.”
The initiative known as the Off-Site Planting and Mitigation Scheme (OSPES) aims to increase local biodiversity as well as increasing the amount of tree cover along the route which passes Rooksbridge in Somerset.
The Stables Business Park lies just off the A38 at Rooksbridge close to the M5 at Edithmead and features new classic English farmstead style buildings occupied by a wide range of businesses.
“It really improved the park as we are in a rural location,” said Tom, “with thousands of broadleaf native trees the business park effectively doubles up as a nature reserve as well.”
The Stables Business Park
Tel: 07968 910 761.
Stables Business Park, Rooksbridge, Somerset BS26 2TT
New regional offices for national autism charity in Rooksbridge
A major national charity has moved its regional office into the bucolic surrounds of the Stables Business Park at Rooksbridge in Somerset.
The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families. Since 1962, they have been providing support, guidance and advice, as well as campaigning for improved rights, services and opportunities to help create a society that works for autistic people.
The charity run a range of services for autistic adults in Burnham-on-Sea and across the South West. This includes residential care, outreach support and increasingly supported living, supporting people in their own homes in the community.
The charity has moved into the Tack Room and Unit 3 at the business park choosing the offices as they are close to national transport links including the railway at Highbridge and Worle.
Carly Jarvis, Interim Area Manager for the South West, National Autistic Society, said the offices were ideally located for the staff. “It’s the perfect base for our work across the South West. With the M5 close by at Junction 22 the A38 leading to the local rail network it couldn’t be better. We particularly like the parkland style, with its trees and green spaces which make the location very pleasant.
“It’s an exciting time for our charity, not least as we’re starting to provide more supported living services in the area, where we’ll be supporting people in their own homes. We’re currently looking for motivated and enthusiastic people to join our team – and help us support local autistic adults to become more independent and take a more active role in their community.”
National Autistic Society, The Tack Room, Stables Business Park, Rooksbridge, Somerset BS26 2TT
For more about the charity visit www.autism.org.uk
Vision Media Networks moves into the Stables Business Park in Rooksbridge
A high-tech communications firm has moved into the Stables Business Park at Rooksbridge in Somerset.
Vision Media Networks has relocated to the ground floor of The Mill House (in The Granary) at the business park choosing the offices as the park is close to national transport links including the railway at Highbridge and Worle.
The proprietor Dan Durie of the business said the offices were ideally located for the staff and enjoyed a green and pleasant outlook.
The managing director said: “With the M5 close by at Junction 22, the A38 leading to the local rail network it couldn’t be better. I established the firm in 2004 and we have always been in the area in Bristol or Somerset but needed to relocate this year due to growth. We liked the park immediately and the owner Tom is really passionate about keeping it at the highest standards with excellent internet connections.”
The business works with the retail, veterinary and dental sectors providing now Europe’s fastest growing network of screens across the UK and Ireland.
Vision Media Networks, The Mill House, Stables Business Park, Rooksbridge, Somerset BS26 2TT
For more about the firm visit http://www.intentor.co.uk/
Planning consent for new units at the Stables Business Park
The highly successful Stables Business Park has gained further planning permission for three new stand-alone units offering more than two thousand square metres of office space each.
Tom Dalley, the park’s proprietor said: “It means we can expand to allow a wider selection of accommodation from small businesses to larger concerns. Since we opened in 2005 every unit has been occupied with newly empty ones quickly let. I’m told by estate agents we have a unique business park with trees, woodland and a parkland aspect which makes it very attractive for staff and companies alike.”
“The three new self-contained units will be constructed during 2022 ready for occupation on completion,” he said, “with each one having its own car parking area and separate entrance. They will have plenty of space which will be enhanced with more tree planting and landscaping to ensure they blend into the campus.”
Tom Dalley said the Stables Business Park’s sales pitch is ‘relax, you’re at work.’
The village of Rooksbridge has a general store and Post Office, pub and garage, plus within a short drive are supermarkets and a range of shops at Edithmead and Highbridge.
Transport links include Junction 22 of the M5 one mile away on the A38, along with Bristol Airport a 20 minute drive and national railway connections at Highbridge and Worle close by.
For more information visit the park’s website at https://www.stablesbusinesspark.com/the-park/new-builds/
Stables Business Park, The Stables Business Park, Rooksbridge, Somerset BS26 2TT UK. Tel: 07968 910761.
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