The work was carried out at five disused landfill sites in Bristol; Swindon, Wiltshire; Hatfield, Hertfordshire; Ely, Cambridgeshire; and Skelmersdale, in Lancashire.

Poplar, alder, cherry, whitebeam, ash, oaks and Corsican pine trees were planted at the sites and all thrived when provided with enough rainfall.

It was conducted by the Campaign to Protect Rural England and Friends of the Earth.

The results have been passed to the Environment Agency which is to use them to advise local councils on how to transform what are frequently eyesores into more attractive woodland, parks, and even nature reserves.

It is hoped the planting will also boost the Government\’s attempts at counteracting carbon emissions.

Iain Wright, the Planning Minister, said: “Many people find landfill sites an eyesore and the Government is committed to reducing landfill use.

"This new research shows that, with proper safeguards in place, we can reduce the impact of old sites by planting them and environmentally reviving them as attractive woodland or parkland."

Excellent! So we don\’t have to worry about opening new landfill sites then! We fill them up, cover them with earth and plant trees. Superb, problems all solved.

So we can dump those wildly expensive recycling plans as well. My, this is a good result, isn\’t it?

4 thoughts on “Woo Hoo!”

  1. Haven’t we always covered and landscaped landfills after they are full?

    Tim adds: As far as I recall, yes, one of the golf courses in Bath is built on the old landfill.

  2. Nothing new. In the hills above Los Angeles, at least 20 years ago, a very ‘luxe’ housing development, beautifully landscaped, was built over a landfill site that had filled a canyon. The funny thing is, it was meant to be park but was hijacked by developers because of the value of the property.

  3. Even better, save money on planting the trees. Just earth over the sites, fence them against grazing deer, and bingo! trees will come of their own accord.

  4. Tim,

    You’ve missed the really really vital bit here:

    Mann et al’s hockey stick chart – the one that spawned the whole sodding fuss about Gore-bal Worming – is predicated almost entirely on the assumption that tree growth correlates with temperature and not rainfall.

    “all thrived when provided with enough rainfall.”


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