Conservefor specialist peatland civil engineering contractor deployed a team of seven (7) staff to undertake the peat translocation work. The operation was completed using various types of plant and equipment including 21 tonne 360 excavator, 13 tonne 360 excavator fitted with 1000mm pads and 7/8 tonne 360 excavators with 800mm pads, tracked and wheeled dumpers.

Our knowledge and experience from working on many sensitive moorland and peatland sites has enabled our team to develop specialist restoration techniques to aid the recovery of peatlands during infrastructure development work.

We offer professional advice and support service and we deliver projects to meet the client’s aspiration for the site. We believe that every site is different and the chosen method of construction and restoration is important to ensure successful results.

Ovenden Moor Wind Farm has been generating since June 1993, having been built on Yorkshire Water land at Hollin Hill, near Warley Moor reservoir. The turbines at Ovenden have been supplying renewable power for over 18 years and have now been decommissioned to make way for new turbines.

The wind farm is owned by Yorkshire Windpower Limited, a 50/50 joint venture between E.ON UK Renewables and Energy Power Resources Limited (EPRL).

The new development comprises the construction and operation of nine (9) wind turbines, with a maximum height to top of vertical blade of 115m, together with the use of some existing access tracks, construction of new access tracks, crane hard standings, a temporary construction compound, an underground cable network linking the turbines to a newly developed control building with substation and anemometry mast.

A E Yates were appointed the Balance of Plant Contract to implement the project. Conservefor were appointed to undertake the excavation of the roads, crane pads and turbine bays. The peat removed during the excavation work was translocated by the C4 peatland restoration team to suitable receptor areas identified onsite. In addition Conservefor excavated the trench for the cables and fibre optics, installed the turf lined drainage ditches and piped culverts and on completion of the project the restoration and reinstatement of peat moorland.

Peatlands store carbon within their plant communities and soil instead of releasing it to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide. Therefore peatlands help to moderate global climate conditions. Peatland civil engineering contractor Conservefor wants to protect this valuable habitat and the ecosystem which it provides.