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Quarrying

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Case studies: instances of sustainable management of quarrying

The management of quarries can be encouraged to be more sustainable during and after quarrying. The quarrying company is expected to restore or improve the quarry site after they have extracted the rock. Measures can be put in place to enable this to happen in a more sustainable way.

Quarry restoration [quarry restoration: The improvement or restoring of the environmental quality of a quarry. This can take place during the working life of the quarry or afterwards. ] can take place. Areas that have already been quarried can be restored while works go in other areas of the quarry.

Holme Park

Holme Park quarry is a limestone quarry that has been quarried for over 50 years. Within and close to the area there are sites of special scientific interest [Site of Special Scientific Interest: A Site of Special Scientific Interest, protected under law, because of animals plants or the geology found there. ].

Areas of limestone pavement [limestone pavement: A natural limestone formation. A large exposed platform of limestone with clints and grykes. ] have been left. One forms an island in the centre of the quarry. The other is found to the south west. This retains some of the habitathabitat: A place where plants, animals and microorganisms live. for the wildlife. The quarry management team worked with the county council and the local community to retain and restore areas within the quarry. Community access was increased, so that the people could learn more about the wildlife and geology of the area.

Holme Park Quarry

The Holme Park Quarry will be worked until 2021 then returned to nature.

Holme Park Quarry - protected limestone quarry

Protected limestone section of Holme Park Quarry

The Cotswold Water Park

The Cotswold Water Park is another example of quarry restoration. Gravel is extracted. Large lakes are left where sailing and fishing can take place, and the large flat areas can be used for cycling. Gravel is still being extracted.

However, in this case there has been less thought about how the area can be managed. Different people own areas within the park and this has sometimes led to conflicts in the use of the area.

Dinmor Parc

Dinmor Parc Quarry is in Anglesey, North West Wales. It is in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The quarry closed in the early 1980s and afterwards the mining company helped to landscape the area so it blended with the coastal setting. The area was stabilised and the quarry floor prepared with small stones to encourage wildlife to return. To help maintain the economy for the community a fish farm was also created and this provided jobs.

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