A series of WRAP trials investigating the potential use of anaerobic digestate in landscaping and regeneration projects have begun in England and Scotland.
The three English trials, which are taking place in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cornwall, are exploring the use of digestate on golf courses, china clay pits and soil function in mine restoration sites, respectively.
Scottish trials are examining the use of digestate as a “water retention blanket” when mixed with BSI PAS 100 compost in Elgin, for growing energy crops in Polkemmet and the establishment of silver birch trees on post-industrial land in Lanarkshire and West Lothian.
It is believed that the results of the studies could provide small companies and large environmental regeneration projects with a cheaper alternative to commercial fertilisers.
WRAP landscape and regeneration programme manager Paul Mathers said: “If successful, the results will have far reaching implications for a wide range of regeneration programmes and sports turf applications. The use of anaerobic digestate could open new markets on a national scale.”