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Brett restoration wins industry commendation

Brett's award-winning Great Stour Way & Hambrook Marshes site

MPA commendation for company’s Great Stour Way & Hambrook Marshes scheme in Kent

BRETT Group have won a commendation from the Mineral Products Association (MPA), in association with Natural England, for their restoration of the Great Stour Way & Hambrook Marshes site in Canterbury, Kent.

The site, which is open to the public, runs along the route of the river Stour and was progressively worked and carefully restored over a 30-year period in partnership with local authorities and specialist groups.

The restoration has achieved areas that are rich in wildlife with many species that are accessible to visitors, and provides a place for people to walk, run, cycle and watch wildlife. There are 10 lakes at the site, and the Hambrook Marshes Nature Reserve which is widely used by local schools and colleges as an educational site for their wildlife and countryside management courses.

Bill Brett, chairman of the Brett Group, commented: ‘Restoration is a key part of what we do and is a priority from the very first planning application at any site. This latest award is the result of the efforts and foresight of so many Brett people who take great pride in what they do.’

Phil Harding, former farms and restoration manager with the Brett Group, was awarded the Butterfield Trophy for Individual Contribution to Biodiversity.

Commenting on Mr Harding’s achievement, Bill Brett said: ‘During his time as farms and restoration manager for the Brett Group, Phil has built on our historic legacy that has helped deliver a long list of award-winning projects.

‘It is in no small part due to Phil’s effort and dedication that we have won the top industry award, the Cooper-Heyman Cup, no fewer than five times.’

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