As I regularly ‘preach’ to students during lectures on environmental issues associated with the working and subsequent restoration of mineral extractive sites, what a fantastic palette we have to work with. What opportunities we have to make a substantial difference to our environment, quite possibly more so than any other industry. Our activities create fantastic biodiversity and geodiversity, almost by default…but with a knowing, caring and helping hand along the way, what a difference we can make.
The IQ centenary garden that is to be built at Chatsworth this summer represents and superbly illustrates in microcosm just what we as an industry can do. It demonstrates how quarrying related biodiversity (flora) can sit so harmoniously alongside quarrying created geodiversity (rock outcrop). It’s a showcase for our activities. Something we should promote and take pride in.
As the photos illustrate; firstly a restored quarry, with vibrant flowers and trees growing beneath an old rock face; and secondly a clear reminder of how the National Arboretum (the final resting place for the garden) is already so closely associated with mineral extraction.
*Photos courtesy of Andy Roberts, Geoplan Limited.