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Specifying Soils & Wildflowers

Thursday 20th August 2020 | 1-2pm BST (British Standard Time)

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Specifying Soils for successful Wildflower spaces

We often get asked about how best to specify soils for the installation and support of successful wildflower meadows.

In this webinar, with the help of Soil Scientist Tim White from Tim O’Hare Associates, we explain the key information you need to know in terms of soils and their preparation for wildflower turfing and seeding. We shall discuss assessment of existing soil conditions and their suitability for wildflowers, requirements for any remedial action, any need to import soil, (if so, what type would you need and what specification information you needto provide). We shall also consider what impact different soil types will have on the success of wildflower establishment and their longevity.


Tim White (Tim O'Hare Associates)

Tim is a Senior Associate of the practice having worked with Tim O’Hare as a professional Soil Scientist since 1999. At university, Tim studied a mixture of soils and ecology and for his MSc independent study wrote a working protocol for Transco for the characterisation of soils for wildflower grassland establishment. His particular areas of expertise are soil resource surveys, soil resource plans, topsoil analysis, topsoil manufacture, and landscape management and habitat creation, including species-rich grasslands and wetlands.

Tim co-authored with Forest Research a Best Practice Guidance (BPG) document on Soil Preparation for the Creation of Species-rich Grassland Habitats and contributed to several other Best Practice Guidance documents for specific grassland types.

James Hewetson-Brown (MD of Wildflower Turf Ltd)

James Hewetson-Brown is the Managing Director of Wildflower Turf Limited, the UK’s leading specialist supplier of Wildflower Turf used for landscaping and green roof projects.

He has spent his working lifetime in agriculture and is a graduate of Seale Hayne Agricultural College. His strong interest in biodiversity led to the development of the concept of Wildflower Turf in 2003. Since then, James has conducted a significant amount of research into the establishment of wildflower landscapes in the built environment. 

James has a practical and pragmatic approach to his wild flower thinking. From gardens to civil engineering, he has helped develop many wild flower spaces giving him a unique insight into the realistic requirements for successful results. He is the author of the book ‘How to make a Wildflower Meadow’ and conducts Open Days at the Wildflower Turf Ltd HQ in North Hampshire and regularly gives presentations and talks on the subject to a wide variety of audiences.

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