Rolawn in Oxford University research project

An English Heritage and Oxford University research project is to study the effect of using turf to preserve ancient buildings.

The technique, known as soft capping, involves laying turf over ruined wall tops to provide a thermal blanket, manage moisture content and decrease weathering.

The study will be conducted by the Oxford School of Geography on behalf of English Heritage and will compare the advantages and disadvantages of the technique.

The turf is to be supplied by Rolawn, Europe's largest producer of cultivated turf.

Previous research has indicated that this technique could be beneficial to the long term conservation of ruined monuments as well as making considerable savings in maintenance and repair costs.


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