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Technical Development has been involved in land restoration operations since the 1990s, when complete cultivation techniques and use of sewage sludge were being developed by Forest Research.
In 2009 TD resumed work on land reclamation prompted by the interest of FC Scotland in regenerating brown-field land as a component of the Woodlands In and Around Towns initiative.
The work activity of TD in land reclamation is primarily concerned with near-operational research that complements FR’s science activity. We focus on fundamental practical operations for establishing new woodland on derelict land and other brownfield, degraded former industrial sites. Includes ground preparation, organic soil amendments, drainage, forest design, planting and species choice in brownfield regeneration.
Our objectives for land reclamation are to help to develop and promote good operational practice by:
We use a range of techniques including:
Technical Development is based at Ae in South Scotland and hence we focus on site types found in Central Scotland:
Some of our technical reports are available here:
FCJR59 West Lothian Council – Prospects for Land Restoration using anaerobic digestate for SRC-SRF Production, System Evaluation
TDJR104 Using Quality Compost to reclaim land for forestry and biomass
TDJR105 Soil status assessment of legacy forest reclamation sites: Case Studies
TDJR111 WRAP AD Cultivation Trials – Addiewell & Dalquhandy 2011
TDJR124 Greenoakhill landfill site, reclamation monitoring
TDJR130 Forestry Trials of AD and Compost in Central Scotland
A summary Presentation is here:
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