Midgeland Farm landfill site received various types of waste, including industrial and household between 1973 and 1984. Following its closure as a landfill facility it was restored to open grassland. Further restoration works were undertaken in 2008 and completed in October 2011.
The majority of the site is now used for agriculture and has no public access. The existing agricultural buildings are no longer in use.
A design for a new woodland at Midgeland Farm is currently being finalised. As well as planting approximately 33,000 native trees across the 30 hectare site, the proposals also include the creation of new public access routes.
Through a process of cultivation over the years, the top soils on part of the site are now suitable for some arable crops. However, the depth of top soil and, more importantly, the depth and quality of the sub soil is well below that recommended to sustain healthy and vigorous growth of trees.
To improve the existing ground conditions it is proposed to break up the existing upper soils without disturbing the landfill and to introduce compost. The compost to be used will be produced from household waste by Global Renewables at their Farrington and Thornton Waste Recovery Parks.
This programme of site preparation will help to improve the soil structure and drainage on the site, allowing roots to develop better and to increase the amount of nutrients available for tree growth.