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Wetland design & construction at the National Perry Pear Collection, Harpury

Client: Hartpury Historical Trust



JPR was able to create an extensive wetland on agricultural fields and, in the process, the Hartpury Historical Trust were able to quadruple the wetland area on the land from one to four hectares. This was part of the development of the site into the National Collection of Perry Pears.

The design called for the new wetland to join the existing area and draw water from a number of springs across the site and is designed to flood to varying depths. The area includes islands, channels, scrapes and ponds and a marsh at the lowest point.

  Wetland creation digger excavation at Hartpury National Perry Pear Collection
  Excavation and profiling one of the channels
  New wetland area at Hartpury National Perry Pear Collection
  Newly opened up wetland area

JPR acted as construction managers for the project, managing all subcontractors and supervising all works including:

  • major earthworks
  • pipe installation between areas
  • construction of access points
  • fine tuning water levels
  • choosing suitable wetland plants and planting up the whole site

The works were extensive and far ranging and have resulted in a complete relandscaping of the site - the new wetland has been incorporated into the existing wetland creating a very natural-looking landscape.

  National Perry Pear Collection constructed wetland after 3 years
  Wetland after just 3 years
  A toad enjoying the new wetland at the National Perry Pear Collection
  A new resident

The site is a fully established wetland and it is already home to a vast array of native fauna and flora.

JPR designs and creates wetlands: from ponds and scrapes to lakes and large wetland habitation creation projects. JPR can also restore and manage existing wetlands for the benefit of people and wildlife.

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