- Investigation of soils on ‘failed’ landscaping schemes
- Carry out complete soil management plans for development sites
- Initial site reconnaissance soil surveys to establish the available soil resources for new developments
- Develop a soil management strategy for mineral extraction sites
- Undertake soil manufacture services
- Oversee on-site operations
Lambton former coke works: soil manufacture SAGE software offices Newcastle: water-logging
Swinden Quarry, Yorkshire Dales: soil manufacture HM Prison Standford Hill: drainage problems
Collaboration and integration
Throughout the restoration or reclamation works, from design conception to implementation Soil Environment Services will liase and collaborate with other lead consultants, the site owner, earthmoving contractors, the local authority, Environment Agency and local community groups. Information such as proposed end uses, budgets and timing are factored into a project from the start and must be considered at each stage of the development. Soil Environment Services liase with the Environment Agency to obtain all necessary licences for the use of imported materials within the soil manufacture.
Contaminated Land Risk Assessments are integrated into the soil forming materials assessment to identify any risks to plants, human health or controlled waters from contaminative materials.
Soil profile design
A broad range of information sources are drawn upon for soil profile design and include various industry specifications, best practice guidance documents and specialised software programmes.
Trials, testing and on-going monitoring
For an experimental trial, on-site materials are mixed with imported materials such as organic amendments to assess water holding capacity and other qualities necessary for plant growth but with a view to optimising overall costs. Monitoring of leachates from trials provides information on future impacts on controlled waters. Planting trials eliminate questions of suitability for the materials to support the proposed habitats.
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