Despite playing a vital role in water treatment, reed beds are often built and forgotten assets. Consequently, if any issue arises because a reed bed has been neglected – such as discharge consent failures or watercourse pollution incidents – proactive maintenance may not be possible, resulting in a complete refurbishment.
The reed bed refurbishment process can be expensive and lengthy, requiring several months of preparation beforehand and time to commission it afterwards once the work’s done.
To avoid refurbishment, reed beds should be routinely maintained over their lifespan – like any other water or wastewater asset. Otherwise, reed bed owners or managers face several unwieldy challenges that go hand in hand with a reed bed refurbishment.
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In December 2023, the government announced it was lifting the cap on the £250,000 fine limit for environmental polluters and expanding the list of offences businesses can be fined for. This applies to any organisation that holds an environmental permit.
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Between 27-29 January 2023, twitchers everywhere will participate in the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch campaign.
The initiative encourages people to spend one hour of their weekend logging the birds they see. This helps the RSPB to monitor the volume and profile of birds across the UK.
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Robin Phillips, who’s worked for Severn Trent Services for over 25 years, is the organisation’s first Head of Sustainability.
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Today is Earth Day 2022.
A day where individuals and organisations raise awareness of what’s being done – and what needs to be done – to drive positive action for the planet.
This year, the theme is ‘Invest In Our Planet’.
We spoke to Dan Mcardle, Head of Water Services Contacts. And Jemma Jones, Environment and Implementation Manager – to learn about some of the things Severn Trent Services is doing to invest in the planet.
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Did you know that March is National Bed Month?
While we’re not in the traditional ‘bed’ business, our Oren Environmental team helps to look after the largest portfolio of single-owned reed beds in Europe, covering an area of over 300,000 square metres.
In this article, we mark National Bed Month by sharing some information about our favourite kind of bed, the reed bed.
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