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In the spring 2018, we were appointed by Conergy UK (sustainable energy providers) to work with them at a recently constructed large solar farm in Llancadle, South Wales, where a development site was situated within a family-owned farming enterprise; mixed, stock and arable.
The construction of the solar array area had taken place during the wet winter, 2017. Engineering activities had rendered significant areas of the farmland disrupted and unusable, as construction practices had heavily impacted large areas of the farm site.
Working for Conergy and with the landowner (and his agent) we developed a remediation strategy and specification for implementation to restore the land use loss into a condition that the farming enterprise could resume its historical activities over the impacted areas. Crucially, the project was to reinstate to a similar “pre-construction” condition, without enhancement or betterment.
The sensitivity of this site was amplified by the fragile nature of the indigenous soil type and also the proximity of a SSSI along one of the boundaries. Respecting topsoil as a precious and limited resource, we set about stone remediation, screening and burying; together with amelioration of the soil with a suitable biomass organic soil enhancer; to increase microbial activity and improve the soil nutritional and organic status. Additionally, granular gypsum was used as an ameliorant to assist soil aggregation and restructuring.
Surface levelling works including production of swales and watersheds; and surface uniformity enhancement was followed by seeding with a bespoke sustainable pasture mix with added clover for nitrogen fixing qualities. As the sward developed, selective rotational stock grazing was permitted allowing the areas to gradually reform as a sustainable long-term pasture ley.
Significant stone contamination of previous topsoil material rendered large areas unsuitable for stock husbandry and similarly, unsuitable for any agricultural mechanical activity.
Throughout this project Sports & Spaces conducted the role of consultants, remediation specialists, specifiers, project managers and quantity surveyors. Following remedial restoration activities, the land has now resumed to its previous farming practices and the newly developed pastures used for grazing & Hay production.« Back to case studies