Compost Use in Landscape and Regeneration Projects

Whether transforming a large brownfield site or running a municipal tree planting scheme, using compost can provide developers, local authorities, planners and landscape professionals with some significant benefits.

What are these benefits?

For brownfield projects:

  1. Removes costs associated with excavating and disposing of poor quality soil.
  2. No need to purchase new topsoil - surplus, fit for purpose on-site materials, can be used as a component of a manufactured soil, reducing landfill and transportation cost.
  3. Cost efficient - even allowing for purchase, haulage and spreading costs, compost’s short and long-term contributions to soil fertility make it very cost efficient.
  4. Improved soil structure - compost improves the structure of the soil allowing machines to work it with less effort. The soil becomes more tolerant to traffic too.

For landscapers:

  1. Spend less on fertiliser - costs can be reduced as compost contains most of the nutrients required by plants.
  2. Weed suppression - by applying compost mulches to flower beds and around trees, herbicide and ongoing maintenance costs can be cut. Compost has no seed bank and can act as a natural herbicide.
  3. Healthy plants - plants grown in compost are more likely to survive. Beneficial microorganisms in compost help suppress plant diseases, saving money on plant replacement labour.

Our work in action…

WRAP has supported a number of trailblazer projects across the UK where quality compost has been applied to brownfield land and used across landscaping projects.

To find out more about our work, you can read our compost use in landscaping and regeneration case studies using the links below:

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Where next?

Want to know more about composting? Take a look at our reports, guides, tools and case studies for further information:

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