Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the Friends of Churchtown Farm nature reserve have just completed a project to clear a disused quarry of over 50 years worth of rubbish removing accumulated agricultural and construction waste from Lowhill Quarry.
The project, funded by Natural England through Defra’s Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund, has enabled the Trust to remove the waste located in the Churchtown Farm reserve in Saltash.
Volunteers install a fence
Quarrying for road stone stopped at the site in 1915 but from the 1950’s onwards, it was used as a dumping ground for old farm machinery and other waste material.
Now, thanks to the Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund, over 40 tons of scrap metal, six container loads of plastic and 400 tyres have been winched by crane from the quarry and removed for processing.
Volunteers from the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) and students from Duchy College completed the clean up by erecting new fencing around the site.
The quarry contains a wide range of plants and is home to many small mammals and woodland birds. These will all benefit from the removal of the rubbish.
A cleared quarry
An interpretation board highlighting the diversity of wildlife in the quarry will be installed at the entrance to the site in the near future.
Visitors to Churchtown Farm can find the quarry by following a footpath from the railway viaduct along the side of Forder Creek.
Guided walks organised by the Friends of Churchtown also visit the site. Details of these walks can be found on the notice boards at the entrances to the reserve.
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last updated: 09/04/2008 at 10:12
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