Brownfield case study - Chorley

The Royal Ordnance Munitions factory at Chorley produced explosives between 1936 and 1990. It closed in 1990 following rationalisation of the industry. As one of the biggest brownfield sites in the North West, and as part of a drive in the region to restore natural areas and woodland, owners of the site, BAE Systems Ltd, has driven a £400 million programme to transform the 265ha site into the village of Buckshaw. 

The project demonstrated how quality compost could play a key role in restoring soil health on the site while being economically advantageous.