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Carbon sequestration through Soil Inversion

Landlife's Soil Inversion (SI) is a new forestry and landscape-scale habitat creation technique that involves inverting a metre of soil to expose the subsoil, bury weeds and retain moisture at depth. This project aims to fully explore the elements of soil fertility and carbon capture, utilising previous monitoring project work on biodiversity and tree growth that are critical to evaluate the carbon capture implications of landscape work using this technique. The outcome will be highly significant in relation to effecting biodiversity gains (including nature improvement areas) and delivering more resilient landscapes in the face of climate change impacts.


Landlife is a charity taking action for a better environment. It is a pioneer of creation conservation, working to create new places for nature and encourage people to enjoy them. Landlife built and opened the Millennium National Wildflower Centre in 2000, in Knowsley on the edge of Liverpool.

Researcher: Gregg Milligan

Gregg Milligan recently graduated with first class honours in Ecology and Environment. His interests concern mathematical ecology and conservation biology, which he is thrilled to pursue whilst working in association with Landlife, investigating a novel strategy that may prove to be important in the battle to reduce atmospheric carbon.

Project supervision

  • Landlife
  • University of Liverpool

Thu 30 August 2012