Landscape Sector Gets to Grips with Soil
7 January 2008, News release from Envirolink Northwest Limited
Soil is fundamental to the creation of sustainable, high quality environments. Envirolink Northwest, together with sponsors WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme) and the IPSS (Institute Of Professional Soil Scientists), is holding a 'Soils in the Developed Landscape' event at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool from 10 - 11 March 2008 to raise awareness of this important resource.
From supporting the gardens and parks in which we spend our leisure time, to sustaining biodiversity, providing surface drainage, erosion control and a valuable carbon store, soil has a huge impact on the environment in which we live.
'Soils in the Developed Landscape' aims to provide an overview of recent changes in standards and best practice guidance. This event offers a wide range of professionals, including landscape architects, landscape contractors, compost and soil suppliers, soil scientists, the recycling and waste sector, environmental managers, local authorities, ecologists, house builders and those involved in regeneration, the opportunity to understand how to make the most of the soil resource.
Dr Helen Rawlinson, Market Development Manager at Envirolink Northwest, and organiser of the event commented: "Soil and its significance in the developed landscape has long been undervalued. This is changing and it is crucial that those working in the sector are involved in realising the full potential of good soil management, manufacture and enhancement, whether it is learning about the latest research findings or implementing best practice. At Envirolink Northwest we are developing markets for recycled materials and we encourage the manufacture of soils using sustainable resources such as compost."
WRAP's Landscape & Regeneration Programme Manager, Paul Mathers said: "It is really important that people start to realise the potential value of soils and the role they have to play. Soils can be used in many ways to support the requirements of certain projects. For example, we are currently working with organisations like Envirolink Northwest to investigate the benefits of using quality compost to manufacture topsoils in-situ by mixing it with onsite materials to create soil that meets the landscape specification. This event is a great opportunity for people to find out about such projects. This approach delivers environmental benefits and it costs less than importing topsoil."
The programme for the first day of the event includes presentations from speakers drawn from the soil science, landscape and recycling sectors. Topics include soil functionality and ecosystem service delivery in urban environments, soil quality assurance, the Quality Protocol for topsoil, sustainable procurement, and biodiversity and the ecological benefits of the soil resource. Full details of the programme and registration forms can be found at www.envirolinknorthwest.co.uk.
On day 2 of the 'Soils in the Developed Landscape' event delegates will be provided with the opportunity to see at first hand how compost and soils can be produced. These optional visits will also include examples of where soils have been manufactured and used to restore brownfield land to create a wide range of habitats and community woodland. Liverpool John Moores University will also be giving an update on the latest research on the potential benefits of storing carbon in soils amended with compost. Places on the site visits are limited so early booking is highly recommended.
The event is also supported by the Institute of Professional Soil Scientists, Chartered Institute of Wastes Management, the Landscape Institute, Solum Environmental, Ecological Restoration Consultants, Remade Network UK, Liverpool John Moores University, The Mersey Forest and The Composting Association. Delegates who are members of supporting organisations may be eligible for CPD credits. Copies of the new British Standard Specification for Topsoil (BS3882:2007) will be available during the event at a special delegate rate.
For further information please visit www.envirolinknorthwest.co.uk.
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