The extraction of high purity silica sand from Sibelco’s Dingle Bank Quarry at Chelford in Cheshire has been underway for more than 80 years. Over that time, it has made a particular contribution to the UK glass industry and has covered an area of some 240 hectares.
The area we are concerned with today is one distinct phase of the overall quarry - just over 30 hectares known as Lapwing Hall. Work started here in 1994 and was completed in 2008. The site has been restored to create a large lake which occupies about half the total site. Ultimately, there will be two more lakes in the wider site and there are plans for low key sailing and other uses on those areas.
A programme of planting native trees was undertaken in 2011 as the final element of a restoration which is much appreciated by the local community and by dog walkers in particular.