NMSB support The National Trust on Brownsea Island

  • 22/11/2022

NMSB recently supplied 4,000 tonnes of gravel for pathways on Brownsea Island, the beloved island off Poole Quay famous for its beauty, wildlife, and for being the birthplace of the Scout Movement.

The Project

Working with Alaska Ecological Contracting, we provided the gravel as part of an important environmental project organised by The National Trust and The Dorset Wildlife Trust. The project’s purpose was to restore heathland, improve walkability, and enhance the natural habitat of the island’s indigenous red squirrel population.

Our Process

We began by transporting almost 5,000 tonnes of “as dug” sand and gravel from our Downton Quarry to the quayside at the Port of Poole. The materials were then transferred onto a shallow draught barge in 60 tonne loads and sailed to Brownsea Island. The gravel was then offloaded in readiness for resurfacing around three miles of track around the island.

The gravel was carefully selected, making sure the colour and material grading would fit in with the natural landscape and ecology of the island.


Local Primary School pupil creates eye-catching new design for our Road Sweeper

Earlier this month, we revealed the new, colourful design of our road sweeper, following a competition with the students at Milford on Sea C of E Primary School. (link to Home | Milford-on-Sea Church of England Primary School (mosps.hants.sch.uk)) This week, we went to the school to reveal the vehicle to the students, and the winner, Tyler Pallant, age 9, along with runners up, Elouise Pallant, Mia Roberts and India Dowse, all received mini models of their designs.

Local School Helps Plant New Orchard

Pupils of Milford on Sea Primary School have helped us plant a new orchard, located at Downton Manor Farm Quarry in Milford on Sea. Working in partnership with The Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the new orchard has been created to benefit local wildlife and will become an important new space for the community.

GCSE Students visit our Hurn Site

Last week we welcomed over 50 students from Parkfield School to our Hurn production and extraction site.

Awards Season

We are really excited to share with you that not only have we been nominated for finalists in the Builders Merchant Awards - Hard Landscaping Display of the Year, but NMSB has also been shortlisted as finalists in the prestigious Hampshire Business Awards, for Contribution to the Community, and Business of the Year. As well as qualifying to be included in the Solent SME Growth 100, and subsequently being nominated for the Leadership Team of the Year Award.

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