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Railway fencing boost for Grangemouth wildlife centre

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Network Rail has completed work to renew fencing at the Scottish Wildlife Trust’s Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre in Grangemouth.

Fencing in the area needed to be renewed to keep the railway secure and the public safely separated from the tracks at Grangemouth Freight Yard.

As well as the age of the fencing, the area also suffered from trespass, theft and vandalism issues. Damaged fencing was also a risk to users of the wildlife centre and neighbouring industrial units.

Ahead of the 5-week programme, Network Rail worked with the landowner; the Scottish Wildlife Trust, to agree a fencing solution that secured the railway but also was visually sympathetic to the adjacent Wildlife centre. This engagement continued throughout the installation of the fencing.

Also, in keeping with the ethos of the Wildlife centre, leftover small branches cleared to enable the fencing work, were used to create habitat piles to support invertebrates and insects. Some of the felled and chipped vegetation was bundled for the centre to use on site.

Jonathan Callis, Senior Asset Engineer, Network Rail said, “Network Rail works to keep the railway boundary secure to protect those travelling on trains or using the area adjacent to the railway for social or recreational activities.

“The renewal of the fencing at the Wildlife centre helped manage the risk from trespass and vandalism and secured the railway boundary. We designed and delivered the project in tandem with the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the work reflected the fact that it is an area people regularly visit to escape to nature.

“It’s nice that the work also coincided with the Centre’s 30th anniversary year and we are grateful to the Scottish Wildlife Trust for their support and cooperation throughout.”

Robyn Hennessey, Falkirk Ranger at Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre, Scottish Wildlife Trust, commented:

“We are very happy with the recent work that has been carried out by Network Rail in partnership with the Scottish Wildlife Trust on our Jupiter Urban Wildlife Reserve.

“Network Rail and their contractors worked closely with us to ensure visitor’s safety while preserving the biodiversity of the reserve.

“We now look forward to reopening to the public in the new year with the knowledge they can explore our reserve safely while experiencing the natural beauty of their surroundings.”

Image credit: Network Rail

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