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grass and trees on former brownfield land

Achieving sustainable remediation of brownfield sites is highly complex because of the heterogeneous nature of ground conditions, the [frequent] presence of contaminant, and the potential multiple pathways to receptors.

All too often this leads to contamination being cleaned up to generic levels, irrespective of differences in end-usage across a site, and the design and formation of the final landscape occurs in isolation of the remedial process.

wetland and trees with interpretation board

Sites where integrated remediation and greening solutions have been employed provide a vital vehicle for investigating the sustainability of remediation and greening systems and for securing the development of the robust, reliable and cost effective methods of the future.

Related publications

Doick, K and Hutchings, T. (2007). Greenspace Establishment on Brownfield Land: the Site Selection and Investigation Process. Information Note, Forestry Commission Archive


Kieron Doick


The Use of Compost in the Regeneration of Brownfield Land

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SUBR:IM Bulletin 10, April 2008

Funding & partners
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council - EPSRC
  • SUBR:IM Consortium
  • University of Cambridge
  • Babtie
  • Churngold
  • Channel Tunnel Rail Link
  • London Development Agency