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MPA Restoration and Biodiversity Awards 2013

 
 

Little Gerpins

RJD Ltd / Ingrebourne Valley
Location: Essex

 
 

The quaintly named Little Gerpins site at Rainham was in a sorry state until RJD and its sister company Ingrebourne Valley came along to rescue it. The 17-hectare site had been quarried in the 1950s, but when that ended in the early 1980s it was covered with only a thin layer of soil.

With lots of differential settlement, it was suitable only for rough grazing and was virtually derelict. While permission was given to import inert tipping materials, it wasn't until 2005 that it was acquired by RJD which set about restoring it using Forestry Commission best practice advice.

The site is now occupied by the Commission and is being managed as commercial woodland, but with a network of pathways to enable enjoyment by the local community. From being abandoned, it is now part of the "green grid" strategy between London and the M25.

 

 
 

'Realising the Potential...Progress and Partnership' – Biodiversity and The Mineral Products Association.

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