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MPA Restoration and Biodiversity Awards 2015


Hillhead Quarry
Operator: Tarmac
Location: Derbyshire


MPA Biodiversity Award
Landscape Scale Restoration, in association with Natural England - COMMENDED

Landscapes don’t come much more ruggedly beautiful than the Peak District. The stone that gives the area its character is also a valuable construction resource, so quarries are very much a part of the scene. Some, like Hillhead to the south of Buxton, are now dormant ... but they still have a role to play in the landscape and they are still managed as such.

The company is committed not just to maintaining its land at Hillhead but to enhancing it where it can. And that that includes the peripheral areas, which are managed for grazing or conservation and include several woodlands and some new trees.

As part of the enhancement process, Tarmac agreed with Derbyshire County Council in 2003 to begin a long-term programme of dry stone walling to re-establish the traditional boundary features around the site. Completed in 2011 and now extending to a mile in length, the wall not just screens the quarry but creates valuable habitats for plants, birds and insects, and shelter for grazing animals.

The county council is so impressed by this and other Tarmac dry stone walling projects locally that it has made it a best practice case study.


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

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