Energy crops are often used for restoring fertility in marginal or over-farmed land.
When an energy crop plantation has reached the end of its life (which can be 20-35 years depending on crop management and site productivity) the site can be restored to either grassland or arable production or indeed, replanted with energy crops – willow, poplar or miscanthus – with great results, as the root system will have improved the soil structure considerably and the leaf matter from each year also enhances the organic material content of the soil.
Whatever planting option is selected next, this excellent soil will give many benefits to it, boosting its speed of growth and productivity.
There are many myths associated with removing an old energy crop – but using our in-depth knowledge and experience, we can bust them. We can save you time and costs, ensuring that the environmental benefits that your energy crop has given the land beneath your plantation over its lifetime, will not be lost when you restore and replant.