Restoration of Aggregate Industries’ Mill Farm Quarry is a classic example of a local community being given an opportunity to have its say. The community got what they wanted – a lake, as opposed to the small pond originally planned, plus 12,000 new trees, bird hides, a dipping platform and paths through which to enjoy it all.
It was when consulting over plans for a further phase of its site that the company asked local people how they would like restoration of Mill Farm to be handled. Having agreed to change tack from the agricultural restoration originally planned, a large team of volunteers then joined the company and the Trust for Conservation Volunteers in making it happen.
Between them, they have created 12 hectares of new habitats and 40 metres of accessible pathways. They have also created habitats for priority species such as otter, sand martin and red squirrel.