Experimental woodland establishment on brick clays in southern England
A.J. Moffat, T.R. Hutchings, I. Tubby, K.R. Butt and C.N. Lowe

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.

Key words: community woodland; field experimentation; land reclamation; Oxford Clay; tree establishment

Land Contamination & Reclamation, 16 (3), 181-190

DOI 10.2462/09670513.898

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