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Golf course and regeneration cost benefits after quality compost pilot

Teeing off at an old open cast coal mine in Scotland will be made possible with more than 150,000 tonnes of quality compost. The site at Polkemmet will be transformed into two championship golf courses, leisure facilities and residential housing with support from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Site owners Ecosse Regeneration didnt want to import topsoil, so they joined WRAPs brownfield trailblazer programme after an earlier pilot study at the site. Four million cubic metres of colliery waste remain at the site, which has little usable top soil. Ecosse Regeneration project manager Alex Muirhead said: Initially we trialled quality compost mixed with colliery shale to manufacture topsoil on a small section of the site. The trials produced cost benefits, particularly when comparing the cost of manufacturing soil containing compost and colliery shale to importing topsoil. The compost for the project is being sourced from local suppliers GP Green in Lanarkshire, Forth Resource Management in Edinburgh, West Lothian Recycling in West Lothian, William Tracy in Ayrshire and Scottish Water. Image: The Polkemmet site in Scotland before regeneration

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