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Conservation Research Institute


Reconciling human activities with nature is never going to be easy, but the new Centre for Landscape Regeneration is using everything it’s got to try and protect a vital part of the UK.

On the University’s doorstep lies a vast expanse of fertile land. The peaty soil is so carbon-rich, the first time researcher Tom Marquand saw it he was shocked.

“The soil in the Fens looks too black to be real – I’d never seen anything like it!” he says. “If it were compressed underground for a few million years, it would be coal.