Edward Dixon is the manager of Lafarge Tarmac’s Howick and Ebchester quarries in Northumberland. Notably, he is also the company’s biodiversity champion for Northumbrian sites. The sites he manages are large and very different – one is hard rock and the other is sand and gravel. What is common to both is that they are being run with biodiversity as a driving force.
If you visit the two sites you will find impressive biodiversity displays using photographs by staff who have been infected by Ed’s enthusiasm and have as a result thrown their own weight behind the restoration and land management of their sites while taking an interest in the wider natural history of the area.
Ed’s role as biodiversity champion for the area has enabled all the company’s sites to achieve the Biodiversity Benchmark status awarded by the Wildlife Trusts. Over the past seven years, he has constantly promoted the benchmark and the management systems that lie behind it.
He recognises the value of relationships with landlords, neighbours and planning authorities as well as with nature bodies. Part of the Ebchester site will soon be handed over to the Northumberland Wildlife Trust but Ed will continue to be on hand to provide an on-site biodiversity and habitat creation service.