Carrymoor, Somerset: Habitat creation after landfill
Nearest town or settlement: Castle Cary
Contact detailsOrganisation: Carrymoor Environmental Trust
Website: Habitat creation after landfill on the Carymoor Environmental Trust website
PartnersCarymoor Environmental Trust, Bath Spa University College
The Carrymoor Environmental Centre is situated on a former landfill site where a variety of habitats have been created, especially flower-rich grassland. A variety of techniques have been used to establish the grassland. Wildflower-rich areas have been developed for butterflies, including directly on subsoil. Successful establishment of less common plants such as Dyers' Greenweed can also be seen. The site also showcases willow and Somerset orchard trees and there is a garden planted with many of Britain's native wild flower species.
Hay strewing was used to develop the flower rich: Ground conditions were manipulated prior to strewing, including compost application and/or relief of soil compaction. Green hay from an MG5 Cynosurus cristatus (Crested Dog's-tail) – Centaurea nigra (Common Knapweed) hay meadow (Babcary Meadows SSSI , 5 miles distant) was used as a seed source. Hay was strewn in 2001 and annual monitoring has shown encouraging results from this cost-effective technique. Further research on introducing species missing from the hay crop (Dyer’s Greenweed and Lady’s Bedstraw) has also been conducted, comparing seed sowing and pot-grown plants.
Funding was provided by Carymoor Environmental Trust (Landfill Tax Credit Scheme). Viewings by appointment or on annual July open day. For further details see the Centre's website.