Revegetation of subsoils
Glyncoch Community Regeneration Ltd
The local community of Glyncoch near Pontypridd, South Wales had a challenge on their hands. With a limited budget approved by the local Council, and operating with volunteer labour trying to regenerate the local community, the goals of building a centre that would really help the surrounding neighbourhood seemed out of reach. The community came together with a crowd-funding campaign to get the centre over the final financial hurdles and create the place and space that would benefit local residents.
When the building and site work was completed the landscape required seeding to stabilise the soils and complete the desired environment. After construction there was very little topsoil and what was available was nutrient-deficient and made vegetation establishment on the steep shaded slopes difficult. After an initial, traditional, hydroseeding application had failed the foot traffic on the slopes used as a shortcut to access the building began to cause increased erosion on the site resulting in significant long-term maintenance costs.
Glyncoch Community Regeneration Ltd decide a new approach to revegetation was required. Poor soil conditions at the 2000m² site, combined with the steep slopes, made the cost of importing and spreading topsoil prohibitive.
RMB Hydroseeding applied Biotic Earth soil amendment with a mixture of tall and hard fescues and perennial ryegrass and slow-release organic fertiliser.
The second hydroseeding application to the shady slope area has been considered a great success. The revegetation was successful and the area has been left to grow wild and natural to encourage wildlife back into the area.
Biotic Earth soil amendment
Biotic Earth soil amendment is designed to build soil conditions that improve the rate of seed germination and plant growth, eliminating the need for importing expensive topsoil. Applied first, it is then hydroseeded on to provide moisture retention and prevent erosion.