Operator: Lafarge Cement UK in partnership with the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust
Size: 17.1 hectares
Restored to: Nature Conservation/Contribution to Biodiversity and Agriculture
The 17.1 hectare restoration site at Cauldon Cement Works, Staffordshire, belongs to one of the UK’s most important cement works, supplying 8% of the country’s requirements. It is situated in a picturesque area near to the Hamps and Manifold SSSI and SAC and the Peak District National Park.
The site has been restored into four zones: a shale lake; grazing land and a post-industrial biodiversity area, both within a former waste works tip; and reedbeds.
The lake and reedbeds attract many birds, including heron, little grebe and kingfisher. Further birdlife, such as barn owls, nesting tawny owls and little owls, have also been spotted.
Plant and insect life around the lake abounds, with a gently shelving beach created to help the growth of marginal flora. The reedbed naturally treats any ammonia-contaminated water and an innovative concrete ‘flowform’ aerates the water.
The former works waste tip has naturally recolonised to become a very biodiverse area with many plant species commonly found in hay meadows.
Bat, blue tit and robin boxes have been installed and a bird hide was constructed by youth volunteers from Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, which has been a partner in the restoration.
The cement works have been integrated into the landscape with minimum visual impact and a footpath and information boards have been created. The quarry enjoys good relations with schools and colleges, with regular site visits taking place.
Cauldon Cement Works has made great steps to promote biodiversity, with local community involvement, creating an attractive area which can be appreciated by all.