Environmental and Health & Safety Policies
Drake Towage owners, Mark and Rob Sayer, have a personal and genuine commitment to the environment and will make sure it is protected, wherever your site may be.
The entire team at Drake Towage are committed to the protection of the environments they work in, so it is no surprise that working with you will include a determination to avoid disturbing any local wildlife as far as possible. Vigilance is constant and when the Drake Towage Environmental Policy was written it was more a mission statement. You can trust their dedication to working with nature in harmony and pro-actively planning so ensure disruption to local species is minimalised, mitigated or avoided altogether.
Like you, Drake Towage makes looking after the environment a personal commitment but also a business philosophy, too. For example, the company off-sets its carbon footprint through its long-term ownership of an area of land close to their site, where wildlife, birds and owls are encouraged to live and breed in a natural habitat which is jealously guarded and maintained.
The machinery used by Drake Towage is as easy on the environment as possible. For example, only biodegradable hydraulic oil used in machinery, to minimise impact on the watercourses or seascapes, or wherever the teams operate.
Every team member at Drake Towage enjoys the natural environment they work within, enhance and protect. If you are looking for genuine commitment and personal interest to match your own, Drake Towage are committed environmentalists as well as skilled engineers.
Drake Towage & The Environmental
Drake Towage are committed to helping the environment and have been passionate about this since 2005. Our continued efforts to offset our company's carbon emissions and help re-establish wildlife habitats are paying off every year.
We have installed nest boxes all around our workshops and river bank for all varieties of bird life. and at our premises in Wisbech we have two freshwater ponds for frogs, newts & toads.
Land at Stowbridge – Purchased in 2005
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The Directors have been interested in the Natural World all their lives and as they have grown older they have seen the decline in animal and plant life so in 2005 when the opportunity arose to purchase 7 acres of land running between the Great Ouse and a main drain at Stowbridge, Norfolk. They saw it as a corridor for wildlife between the Rivers.
When purchased it was agricultural land on which we decided to plant a selection of fruit and nut bearing trees at 8m spacing to form an open wood landscape. So far we have planted Oaks, Sweet Chestnut, Ash, Hazels, Field Maple, Rowan, Apples, Plums, Walnuts, Spindle Trees, Holly’s, Beech, Lime, Willow, Hawthorn and Elderberry some 2,800 trees in all.
We have also built and installed many types of bird nesting boxes and last summer we were fortunate enough to rear a brood of Barn Owls. The land is also home to Deer, grass snakes and Grey Partridge which are also nesting there.
We a large tree trunk from the Great River Ouse and rather than cut it up for fire wood, we decided it would make a perfect nest box for birds. The tree was drilled to take four nests and a section cut out and covered over to make two nest boxes for small birds. The trunk was too short to bury in the ground so we spiked two large timbers on the base of the trunk for support, and buried those under ground. The support timbers were left over from a timber fender refurbishment contract.
In 2009 we purchased 70 acres of the Nene Washlands a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Drake Towage reconstructed the access bridge then deepened and enlarged a permanent 3 acre wetland with water management pipes. Partly funded by grants from Natural England.
With the works complete and the 3 months of continuous flooding, due to the very wet year, there has been a significant increase in the wintering wildfowl using the wash.
This site represents one of the country’s few remaining areas of washland habitat which is essential to the survival nationally and internationally of populations of wildfowl and waders. The site is additionally notable for the diversity of plant and associated animal life within its network of dykes.
The washlands are used for the seasonal uptake of flood waters and, traditionally, for cattle crazing in the summer months. The mosaic of rough grassland and wet pasture provide a variety of sward structure and herbs of importance respectively for bird nesting habitat and feeding. Additional winter feeding is provided by remains of arable cropping on small areas. These washlands play an additional role in relation to the nearby Ouse Washes in that they accommodate wildfowl populations displaced from the Ouse Washes when deep flood waters prevent their feeding.
The site is favoured by large numbers of wintering wildfowl and particularly the dabbling ducks wigeon Anas Penelope, teal Anas crecca, pintail A. Acuta, Splined Roach and Bewick’s swan Cygnus bewickii. Wetland birds such as snipe Gallinago gallinago and redshank Tringa tetanus regularly breed and during passage periods there is often a large movement of waders and raptors through the area.
Many of the ditches hold a rich flora which includes uncommon species as frogbit Hydrocharis morsus-ranae, water violet Hottonia palustris and flowering rush Butomus umbellatus