Experimental woodland establishment on brick clays in southern England

Moffat, A.J., Hutchings, T.R., Tubby, I., Butt, Kevin Richard orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-0886-7795 and Lowe, Christopher Nathan orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-3893-7371 (2008) Experimental woodland establishment on brick clays in southern England. Land Contamination & Reclamation, 16 (3). pp. 181-190. ISSN 0967-0513

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A series of long-term field experiments examining a range of reclamation options for the establish-ment of woodland on Oxford Clay soil-forming materials restored after landfilling is described. Hostile soil physical and nutritional characteristics prevent normal tree survival and growth, but the experi-ments show that there are limited options to alleviate these conditions. The combined results show that tree species of alder, poplar and willow planted on loose-tipped mounds are most suited to the soil conditions, although growth is slow. Application of organic fertilizers has mixed effects.

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