The author discusses the methods used and the implications of waste land reclamation. Examples are given of the treatment of colliery spoil heaps in the north and gravel pits in the south of England. The work of the greater Manchester and Lancashire County joint reclamation team, who reclaim some 120 hectares of spoilt land per year, is outlined. Details are given of the programme of restoration being carried out simultaneously with gravel extraction near Shepperton Middlesex. Topsoil and subsoil, stripped in the 1960s, was stored in heaps and replaced after extraction was completed. Care is taken not to compact the top soil by spreading it from an excavator with an extended boom. An example is given of the restoration plan and the essential monitoring required as the work progresses. The development of concentrated soil improvers derived from seaweed (alginure) is described. Examples are given of the use of alginure soil improver to vegetate areas with no topsoil such as motorway embankment subsoil, a rock face, a chalk quarry and a sandpit. (TRRL)

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    Embankment Press Limited

    Building 59, GEC Estate, East Lane
    Wembley, Middlesex HA9 7TQ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Hamilton, D
  • Publication Date: 1980-11-12

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 7
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00334132
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Nos. 1848-1849
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 15 1981 12:00AM