Gallagher Aggregates wasn’t the company that extracted the mineral at this site near Maidstone in Kent – but it has been the one to handle the filling and restoration. And its sister company is now farming the land.
Go back far enough and the site would have looked very much as it is today – open farming country. It also at that time had a playing field within it.
The void was created by many years of sand extraction by a local brick company. It was in 2002 that Gallagher began filling it with inert construction waste that could not be recycled. With a water course close by, the company had to be vigilant to ensure that all the fill material that came through the gate was clean and inert. By 2006, the work had advanced a long way ... and further still by 2009.
Today, the completed landform includes a wildlife corridor with hedgerows linking two older woodlands, and there’s also a pond for drainage that creates another valuable habitat.
Chairman Pat Gallagher’s great delight is that you can’t see the join!