Operator: Brett Group
Park Lodge Quarry, to the west of Iver, Buckinghamshire, was granted planning permission in 1994 for sand and gravel extraction with restoration to agriculture at original ground levels using inert waste. Black Park Country Park is immediately west of the site and both the site and the Park are within Colne Valley Regional Park.
The progressive restoration to agriculture is being achieved by gradually infilling the extraction area with inert waste, graded to the required profile by a tracked dozer. In filling takes place to a level just below original levels. Soils from the next extraction phase will then be removed and used to restore the infilled area to original ground level.
The site has been designed so that at any one time two phases are in use with the soils from the next phase used to restore the previous phase. During the second phase of restoration the soil screens to the north were removed, revealing a restored landscape. Soil screens around the southern section of the site will be used to restore the final working area. The land has been restored to a rye grass mix, which the farmer crops for silage and it includes successful drainage remedial works
Brett’s competent work at this site has been complemented by the active involvement of the local community, through a Residents Liaison Committee.