Project news: Padeswood Cement works landfill cell .. March 2012
The Padeswood Biodiversty Park project will investigate the feasibility of converting a redundant CKD landfill cell (constructed in 2007 and unused because of a plant process change) and its associated land (c.3.5 Ha) into a biodiversity park for the benefit of the wider community.
The prime objective of the survey will be to generate an educational (first school to doctoral), scientific and relaxational resource from an abandoned industrial site. Our research rationale is underpinned by the “concept of reconciliation ecology, by which the anthropogenic environment may be modified to encourage non-human use and biodiversity preservation without compromising societal utilisation” (Lorimer and Francis 2011).
The plan is an unique project to outline how to regenerate of an area to around 18 rich habitats from the 3 currently in existence and the undesirable single habitat that would result from traditional restoration to agricultural land . We expect to incorporate plans for a sensory element for those with visual disabilities such as scented meadowsweet pasture and birdsong. We intend to baseline survey the project site and an adjacent already restored CKD landfill cell. Expected scientific surveys are (JNCC Phase 1 (http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-4258 ), NVC (http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-4259), invertebrate and vertebrate surveys. These will inform biodiversity indicators if the project was to proceed in later years and establish the scientific benefit of the plan. In addition, we intend to engage with stakeholders from ( Hanson Cement, Countryside Commission for Wales, DEFRA , local education providers, interest groups and the general public) to ascertain their perspective on the project direction. Apart from hard scientific objectives we are interested in assessing how the plethora of interest groups can direct and determine the directions and benefit realization of biodiversity based restoration projects. We intend that the baseline is incorporated in a GIS in anticipation of any future work.