Brett Aggregates has a major marine aggregate wharf and processing operation on the banks of the Thames at Cliffe in Kent. But the company’s landholding also includes some large and very deep lakes formed by extraction of chalk and clay many years ago.
Two of those lakes – Alpha Lake and Chalk Lake – are now the focus for a project that aims to greatly enhance their wildlife potential by creating new habitats including through making them a great deal shallower and creating scrapes and islands. And in doing so, the project will help to solve one of London’s great challenges of the moment by using spoil from major construction projects as the fill medium.
And what’s more, the fact that Cliffe can receive such material by both river and rail means the whole process can be done sustainably without putting any extra lorries onto the roads.
Brett is working closely with the RSPB which manages the neighbouring Cliffe Pools reserve and has advised on the design and supported the proposal. Species that will benefit range from wading birds like avocet, red shank and black tailed godwit through to the declining water vole.
For its part, Brett Aggregates believes the project represents a win-win opportunity for both business and nature.