Brownfield case study - Teeside

The Clean Environment Management Centre (CLEMANCE) is currently carrying out the five-year BioReGen Life III Environment Project. The aim of this project is to demonstrate the feasibility of reusing brownfield sites to grow energy crops for renewable energy.

The project is using five one-hectare sites in the North East of England including a former shipyard at Haverton Hill, a capped slag heap at Tees Barrage, a former coke works at Binchester, a former sewage treatment works at Rainton Bridge and a former landfill site at Warden Law. In order to investigate the production of renewable energy sources on brownfield land, CLEMANCE needed to improve the poor quality of the soils at each site. They wanted to do this by using a cost effective, safe and sustainable soil improver such as quality compost.

Although the trials are still in progress, results so far show that in areas where compost has been added to the soils a greater number of plants have successfully established compared to areas without BSI PAS 100 compost.

Case study: Landscape and regeneration. Quality compost opens up new uses for brownfield land on Teesside