Echo Earth Care

Ecological Research

I have worked as a research scientist for almost all of my adult life and I'm now very happy to be working in my own lab, in my own back garden, in areas of ecological conservation. This research has many strands including bioremediation of waste water in conjunction with Living Water Ecosystems, soil and food growing research in conjunction with The Grow Observatory, and soil and horticultural experiments of my own.

Living Water Ecosystems

Living Water Ecosystems Ltd (LWE) is a pioneering design company applying ecological principles to solve water and waste problems. The aim of their work is to transform contaminated water and waste into a resource, using a combination of natural processes. Any material that cannot be reused or recycled is incorporated into the food web to enhance biodiversity. This is very much in line with the principles of Echo Earth Care.

At Echo Earth Care we host a pilot scale LWE Ecological Treatment System (ETS) where we perform research in collaboration with Living Water, designing and implementing experimental protocols, analysing results and preparing reports. The aim of all of this research is to remove pollutants from waste water using natural, carbon negative solutions.

The Grow Observatory

The Grow Observatory is a citizen science project that has empowered people and whole communities to take action on soils and climate across Europe.

Echo Earth Care is one of a global movement of citizens generating, sharing and using information on growing and the land. Thousands of people have come together to collect and make use of data, gaining a voice on local issues, improving soil, land use, climate change adaptation and our overall sustainability.

Everyone is welcome to participate - just click on the logo above to find out more and join in.

Echo Earth Care experiments and observation science

At Echo Earth Care we understand that life begins and ends in the soil. Without healthy soil and soil microorganisms there would be no food, Healthy soil is also a natural carbon sink, helping with climate stabilisation and so it is critical that we understand and nurture our soil for the environment and to ensure we grow nutritious food.

We carry out our own experiments, looking at different types of mulch, composts and compost teas to see the impact on our soil ecology and the quality of our produce.

No Dig

Our no dig approach to market gardening, pioneered by Charles Dowding, helps to build soil fertility while also increasing carbon sequestration. We analyse our soil regularly to check the levels of microbial life and to understand how different methods of growing affect the soil ecology.

Diversity

Our forest garden is helping sequester carbon both in the soil and in the massively diverse range of perennial planting, from (soon to be) huge walnut trees down to tiny fungi underground. This diversity of planting is also being mirrored in the diversity of wildlife being attracted to the garden which is another subject of our research through observation and tracking using more citizen science such as the Open Air Laboratory network (OPAL).

Future Research Opportunities

We are happy to host and conduct any research that is intended to improve the the world in which we live and that fits with our ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. If you would like to know more about our facilities and capabilities please contact Carole at Carole@echoearthcare.com.