February 22, 2019 – A parking lot has been refurbished and one other small parking space created on the in style Aston Rowant Nationwide Nature Reserve due to the Highways staff at Oxford Direct Providers (ODS). The work underlines the experience of ODS in finishing up highway and building initiatives in delicate areas such because the Pure England managed nature reserve. Aston Rowant resides within the Chiltern Hills Space of Excellent Pure Magnificence and is a Web site of Particular Scientific Curiosity due to its nationally vital habitat of chalk grassland, which is house to flowers together with uncommon orchids and the Chiltern gentian, in addition to the Silver-spotted skipper and Adonis blue butterflies.Bluebell woods at Aston Rowant Nationwide Nature ReserveThe ODS Highways staff helped redesign, resurface and enhance drainage on the present nature reserve automobile park and helped create a brand new, small automobile parking space. This not solely improves security and order in an space that was getting used for unauthorised, sporadic parking, but in addition improves the customer expertise for these visiting the Nationwide Nature Reserve. “Similar to any landowner endeavor infrastructure works in an Space of Excellent Pure Magnificence and inside a protected Web site of Particular Scientific Curiosity, we should be conscious of the restrictions on how we will use the land and minimise the danger to crops and wildlife,” mentioned Alistair Helliwell, Nationwide Nature Reserve Space Senior Adviser. “It was vital to discover a contractor that we might have a dialogue with about these points and develop a working relationship of belief. We discovered this with ODS. Throughout each the planning and the work itself, we have been in a position to have interaction with the staff, search their engineering recommendation and agree one of the best ways ahead.” Oliver Hearn, Highways Supervisor at ODS, added, “Our staff’s expertise working in heritage areas round Oxford, as properly the experience accessible inside the wider ODS group on environmental and conservation points positioned us in a wonderful place to hold out the Aston Rowant works, and different comparable delicate initiatives.”In April 2018, Oxford Metropolis Council divested itself of ODS with over 700 workers transferred to the brand new organisation, which operates like a social enterprise. ODS delivers a wide-range of companies to over 150,000 residents, companies and organisations within the Oxford space together with highways and engineering, waste and recycling, avenue cleansing, building, property and grounds upkeep. The brand new construction permits ODS to supply its companies to different business clients with all earnings generated being reinvested again into the group, by way of town council.-ENDS-About Oxford Direct ServicesFounded in 2012, Oxford Direct Providers is sort of a social enterprise wholly owned by Oxford Metropolis Council. Using over 700 workers, ODS serves Oxford Metropolis Council – its largest buyer – offering companies to residents and companies to maintain town operating day and night time. As well as, ODS serves numerous companies, colleges, universities and different organisations in and round Oxford. ODS supplies a variety of companies within the following areas: recycling and waste administration, highways and engineering, building and motor transport together with pest management, landscaping and floor upkeep. All ODS’ earnings are returned to Oxford Metropolis Council to assist fund public companies. For additional data, please go to www.oxforddirectservices.co.uk For media enquiries, please contactTom HerbstEmail: [email protected] Cellular: 07768 145571 Workplace: 0207 274 9937