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`To quantify effects on forestry on lowland clay soil drainage, including assesment of N loss` - WD0103

In seeking to divert land from agricultural production into woodland it is expected that there will be environmental benefits. By analogy with research on coniferous forests, it is anticipated that broadleaf woodlands will reduce the quantity of water discharging by surface and subsurface drainage and that the leaching of nitrate will reduce with time. Further, trees have been recommended as an alternative crop in Nitrate Sensitive Areas and for borehole protection zones. Since Government policy for supporting the establishment of small woodlands/farm forestry is based upon these assumptions it is therefore, necessary to carry out research to the assumption.

This project will determine the changes in local hydrology and drainage water quality when planting trees after intensive arable farming.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1991

To: 1993

Cost: £103,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Fields of Study
Farm Woodlands