Lincoinshire business Crowder’s Nurseries will be supplying 7 million trees and shrubs which will create more than 650 hectares of new woodland between London and Birmingham along the HS2 Phase One route.
The family run SME was awarded the contract in 2016 and has already provided saplings and trees that have been planted along the line of route. HS2 is well advanced with the creation of a green corridor along the route of the new railway and, with 350,000 new trees already planted and 26 areas of new habitat created for wildlife.
The company employs 50 local people who are working on the HS2 contract – the largest contract in the company’s history. They are part of the 9,000 jobs that are now supported by the HS2 project. Crowder’s has also introduced a new apprenticeship programme, and have recruited 3 apprentices already this year.
Managing Director of Crowder’s Nurseries, Robert Crowder said:
“Since being awarded the contract to deliver the supply of plants to HS2, we have embarked on a “Journey of Excellence”, adopting new standards across our company which will benefit our company for years to come.
“I am proud that we have started an apprenticeship programme and recruited 3 apprentices so far this year. We have made considerable progress in the first 3 years of this contract and expect to improve further as the project scales up over the next 7 years to completion.”
The size of the HS2 project means that there will be thousands of opportunities within the HS2 supply chain, across many business sectors, requiring a wide range of capabilities, over a number of years that will be suitable for suppliers of all types and sizes. It is expected that every ten direct tiers one major works contracts will result in over 10,000 indirect supply chain opportunities.