Space in Britain has always been at a premium. Being an Island nation, what land resources we have are difficult and expensive to obtain. As the population grows, sixty five million and rising, there is a need to find housing for everyone and this is not an easy target to reach.
Land and it’s ownership and use has been a contentious subject for centuries. It’s also become a symbol of power. Examples of this are the landed gentry taking the common land for their own grazing and growth of arable crop. This was one of the contributing factors to the English Civil war. The other example is the Clearances of huge swathes of people from the Scottish Highlands and Island for the sheep that brought more revenue to the Lairds.
Land, therefore, is wanted more than ever. It means that we have to grab whatever we can of it. The issue is that we cannot simply keep on using our green belts and destroying countryside for residential, industrial and commercial reasons. What can we do to get the land back?
The simplest answer to that is to recycle land just as we do so many other things. Land Remediation Services like those from soilfix.co.uk are the answer. They take old disused land such as industrial and military sites and turn them into viable opportunities for a new lease of life for the land. These brownfield sites are ripe for being turned back into something much more useful than unsightly wasteland and it reduces the impact on the greenbelt.