Thursday, November 19, 2009




Following planning approval for marram grass planting and preparatory earthworks on October 27, Trump International – Scotland is pleased to announce the appointment of Moray Landscapes and a team of Ecological Clerks of Works from EnviroCentre, Stonehaven, to undertake the first phase of work (on the Menie Estate, pictured above, at Balmedie, north of Aberdeen).
Donald J. Trump, president and chief executive of The Trump Organization, expressed: “In addition to the team of leading Scottish consultants working behind the scenes, I am delighted to announce the first of many local contractors who will help deliver this project for the benefit of the region and for Scotland.”
Lena Wilson, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, said: “This is an important milestone and we welcome Trump International’s commitment to contracting local businesses for what is going to be a major international development. This will ensure that the project will have a real impact on local companies and stimulating new jobs and investment for the North-east and wider Scottish economy.”
Stabilisation of the sand dunes using the time-proven technique of hand-sprigging, Cullen-based firm, Moray Landscapes has worked on some of the most sensitive sites in the North-east of Scotland. Beginning hand-sprigging this month will enable the team to take advantage of the November to March marram grass season when the vegetation is dormant and the weather conditions are considered most favourable.
Director Eddie McQuat stated: “Having worked on significant coastal erosion restoration projects throughout the north of Scotland, we are delighted to bring over 30 years' experience to this major development.”
North-east ecologists, Peter Cosgrove, Kathy Dale and Jackie Webley, from EnviroCentre, carry a breadth of knowledge and skills, and have worked on projects such as Cairngorms National Park, Aberdeen Harbour and Aberdeen’s Western Peripheral Route. Kathy Dale, principal ecologist said “We welcome the opportunity to provide an independent Ecological Clerk of Works service for this important site.”
Sinclair Agricultural & Recycling Services Ltd, based near Ellon, is also currently working at Menie Estate.
* Moray Landscape Holdings Ltd, Cullen, was formed in 1977 and principally performs landscape construction, ground maintenance and aftercare, site clearance and site finishing operations, semi mature tree planting and all aspects of plant material procurement. In addition, the company’s Specialist Projects Division focuses on areas such as sand-dune systems and coastal erosion works, and has worked on all pipeline landfall projects at St Fergus Gas Terminal, since 1977, and other coastal restoration projects from Benbecular to Shetland, and north-west coastal areas of Scotland and north-east England.
* EnviroCentre Limited is a consultancy with an area office in Stonehaven. The ECoW team has over 30 years' experience of working and operating on a range of environmental projects in the North East of Scotland.



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