Jan 2016
Electricity Distribution
Applied Integrated Vegetation Management
NIA_SSEPD_0025
Live
Jan 2016
Apr 2023
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution and Southern Electric Power Distribution
SSEN Future Networks Team
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Network Innovation Allowance
None
Environmental
£269,000.00
The purpose of this project is to investigate if using IVM can reduce the operational expenditure, number of re-visits, exposure to hazardous activities and impact on the environment compared to traditional techniques.

There is a project plan in place to cover the following steps;

  • Determine current knowledge about IVM strategies in the USA and elsewhere by reviewing existing literature and other information sources
  • Literature review to assess current equipment and methods.
  • Decide management objectives and the range of herbicides and equipment to be used.
  • Carry out a baseline site and vegetation survey to understand the site specific plant succession applicable at Tongham Railway site.
  • Carry out a baseline ecology survey and ‘willingness to pay’ survey.
  • Set up the trial, with different treatment options and control areas at Tongham Railway.
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the various methods used at Tongham Railway.
  • Monitor the changes in habitats for wildlife.
  • Results from the trial will be used to make a comparison between the current method and the innovative method and to assess the viability of the innovative method from a consideration of financial and environmental factors.

- Determine current knowledge about IVM strategies in the USA and elsewhere by reviewing existing literature and other information sources
- Design IVM strategies based on current knowledge and test them in the field
- Implement IVM strategies on trial site(s)
- Quantify any financial savings of IVM compared to conventional techniques
- Assess the relative value of biodiversity of the habitat arising from the IVM compared to conventional techniques
 

The success of the project will be defined by the following outcomes;
  • Identification of the extent to which IVM can control trees returning and how effective it is as a tool to maintain regulatory standards around power lines.
  • Determine if IVM is a cost effective method in the UK
  • Production and dissemination of learning around IVM