Past industrial uses can often mean that derelict and brownfield land is also contaminated. It is estimated that there is currently 200,000 ha of contaminated land in the UK, a significant proportion of which will be transformed into recreational and amenity land. This has opened up an extensive area of research into achieving urban greening on sites that may previously not been considered for greenspace.
The research addresses the following sectors:
- Integrated urban remediation and greening
- Phytoremediation and stabilisation
- Influence of vegetation on pollutant pathways
- Water quality
- Metal removal
- Organic contaminant removal
- Tree tolerance to heavy metals.
Funders and partners
The main funders and partners of this research are:
- Channel Tunnel Rail Link
- Forestry Commission
- London Development Agency
- Southern Water
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
- University of Cambridge
- University of Reading.
Forestry Commission policy
Use of land degraded by former industrial and urban activity makes an increasingly important contribution to the expansion of woodland. Trees planted on such sites offer immense social benefits in addition to the possibility of economic activity on formerly unproductive land. This programme supports the related objectives of the English Forestry Strategy and across Great Britain generally.
The phytoremediation and stablisation and the influence of vegetation on pollutant pathways research were completed in 2002. Other research is ongoing.
For more information contact:
Alice Holt Lodge
Surrey GU10 4LH
Tel: +44(0)1420 5265270
Fax: +44(0)1420 520180