Major landscape contracting framework on offer in Hampshire

Work worth up to £4.5m on offer over 4-year tender.

Hampshire County Council has issued a tender notice seeking landscape firms to join its Landscape Planting & Establishment Works including Highways Environments Framework.

Contractors will be working in a live highway environment and/or in conjunction with a main, civil engineering project.

Special requirements:

In response to new requirements relating to biodiversity net gain (BNG), projects may be required to deliver habitat enhancements taking into account ecological sensitivities likely to be encountered on sites in Hampshire.

Specific works include but are not limited to:

• Preparation of ground for planting: weed control, cultivation, fertilising (topsoiling usually carried out by others).

• Seeding: amenity and/or specialist wildflower mixes including wetland mixes for swales and SuDS features.

• Wildflower plug planting appropriate to the local area.

• Bulb planting

• Mass planting native species whips and transplants on highway verges and adjacent areas.

• Specimen tree planting: from standard to semi mature stock into tree pits prepared by others.

• Horticultural sundries: rabbit/tree guards, stakes & ties, tree pit irrigation pipes; mulching etc.

• Creation of hibernacula, erection of bird and bat boxes, habitat piles etc.

• Protective fencing: timber and mesh fencing for planting areas.

• Ancillary works: small scale hard landscape items as required, typically small areas of paving or drainage.

• Post planting establishment - usually 3-to-5 year maintenance periods (including replacement of plant failures), to include weed control (typically herbicide treatment and/or strimming), hedge trimming, checking tree stakes/guards, re-mulching, watering, regular inspections.

• Grassland maintenance: amenity and wildflower types including embankments, verges, roundabouts, SuDS features. Arisings from wildflower areas to be removed off site.

The council said a 3-5 year establishment phase will typically be attached to each project.

Expressions of interest may be submitted until 20/06/2023.

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