Comprised of around 6,000 members in some 50 countries of the world, the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) is the international professional body for quarrying, construction materials and the related extractive and processing industries. Membership is open to individuals sharing our commitment to improving standards and lifelong learning. The long-term objective of the Institute is to promote progressive improvements in all aspects of operational performance
through the medium of education and training.
The Institute of Quarrying originated in Caernarvon in 1917. IQ’s purpose is to advance the science and practice of quarrying internationally in the interests of the public at large. Today it has approximately 5,200 members working around the world. To support these members the Institute has a network of affiliate offices in Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand and South Africa.
For people working in quarries, the Institute of Quarrying is the professional body to support career development within the mineral extractives industry.
Being a member of the Institute of Quarrying means that your skills and training are recognised and promoted as being professional. Only the Institute of Quarrying has the history, knowledge and international experience of quarrying operations to be able to advise and shape the skills and training required by individuals and operators to build successful careers and businesses.
IQ exists to support people working in the mineral extractives industry. This industry is a key supplier to other industries that create the buildings and environment we all live in as well as the manufacturers of numerous everyday products that many of us take for granted.
People working in the mineral extractives industry deliver the high safety and operational standards required for mineral extractives companies to be successful. By promoting their professionalism and need for ongoing development, the industry can continue to deliver improved performance and
profitability. This benefits the communities in which the sites operate, their employees and the customers they serve.
The high standards required of the industry are actively debated and shared amongst our members. This willingness to support each other in order to deliver a highly performing industry helps to raise the profile of the sector as a whole. We want the mineral extractives industry to be valued by all as a positive one to work in and vital for the growth of the wider economy.
The spirit of collaboration extends beyond the mineral extractives operators to include manufacturers and suppliers of products and services that support the extractives industry. By working with these partners we help to facilitate discussions involving the whole industry, which in turn brings greater
benefit and value to our members.
In undertaking such a wide remit we will never lose sight of our role and responsibilities to the industry. We understand that to achieve greater benefit for the industry we must always act ethically and with respect. Our dealings with all parties will be transparent and based on trust.
We are pleased to announce a hat trick of awards for our remarkable Quarry Garden at the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower show in Derbyshire. A fitting start to celebrate our 100-year anniversary.
After two years in the planning and mother nature exhibiting the best and worst of the Derbyshire weather, all was made worthwhile with the judges announcement of the IQ Quarry Garden taking a Gold medal, the Best in Show and Best Construction on a soggy Wednesday morning in June.
On a recent visit to Coblands Nursery in Kent we caught up with Paul Hervey-Brookes, who gave us an insight into one of his favourite plants being used in the IQ Quarry Garden.
The production nursery at Coblands extends over 120 acres on a number of sites in and around Tonbridge, growing approximately a million plants at any one time.
The nurseries was founded in 1963, growing a wide range of shrubs, herbaceous perennials...
On a recent site visit to the Bradstone Hulland Ward site, we were pleased to be joined by the East Midlands today team to take a look at the work that has been undertaken with the Nottingham Trent University (NTU) students and our garden designer, Paul Harvey Brookes in the run up to RHS Chatsworth.
As part of Aggregate Industries, Bradstone is a company with over 60 years heritage, offering its customers the best in garden and driveway products to assist them in transforming...
A handful of the IQ team and the Nottingham Trent University students involved in the IQ centenary garden took the time out to undertake a site visit to Deepdale trees in Sandy earlier this month.
Deepdale is the grower of the UK's finest and widest selection of semi mature trees and shrubs for the professional market and providing a selection of the planting for our Quarry Garden.
The Institute of Quarrying (IQ) is celebrating its centenary year by announcing plans for a spectacular ‘Quarry Garden’ at the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show this summer.
The Quarry Garden, set to be the largest at the show, combines impressive stone features with colourful horticultural displays. The design is the work of multi RHS award-winning garden designer Paul Hervey-Brookes.