Progressive Restoration

Phased restoration would ensure that the land is not only restored but enhanced for people and wildlife.

A previously completed quarry restoration project

Progressive Restoration

Phased restoration would ensure that the land is not only restored but enhanced for people and wildlife.

Quarry Restoration

More new nature reserves and wildlife habitats are created from restored quarries than any other land use. We take our responsibilities to restoring the land very seriously and have built an enviable track record of operating and carefully restoring our quarries to leave a positive lasting legacy for people and wildlife.

We are proud to employ an experienced team who, over the years, have achieved more awards recognising the quality of our land restoration work than any other independent company in the quarrying industry.  Securing more than 50 such awards for outstanding restoration, our quarry restoration schemes have been recognised not only by UK industry organisations but also by Europe-wide organisations concerned with environmental protection and nature conservation.

Three images of a previous quality restoration project

Progressive restoration at Rainham Lodge Farm

At Rainham Lodge Farm, restoration of the land would progressively follow behind the phased extraction of the mineral, bringing the land back to its original level.

This is done using ‘inert’ materials that cannot be reused in construction (such as excavated soils and clays from local developments). There are strict controls regarding what can and cannot be brought onto a site for restoration and every load is checked to ensure compliance. These inert materials are then profiled and topped off using the subsoils and topsoils that were already on the site and were originally removed and stored in bunds in order to reveal the mineral.

Progressive Restoration

Please use the forward and backward arrows on the image to move between the various stages of the planned restoration. Pause the animation by hovering your mouse over the image.

Key

Final restoration scheme

For the woodland our ambition is to develop a scheme that would reflect the objectives of the Thames Chase Community Forest. We are also proposing to create new areas of wetland and grassland habitat on the west side of the site (adjacent to the River Ingrebourne) to enhance the Ingrebourne Marshes SSSI.

Restoration Masterplan

Restoration of the site would be guided by the enhancement of biodiversity. Equally public access is recognised as being important and the existing footpath that crosses Rainham Lodge Farm, which would be diverted during some of the quarrying phases, would be reinstated along its original route. We also propose to create additional paths down the river bank to improve the footpath network, along with a proposed new river crossing if deemed appropriate by interested parties.

The final restoration plan would be agreed with the local authority and with the involvement of Essex Wildlife Trust, Thames Chase Trust and other interested groups as part of the planning process.

Quarries and nature

The quarrying industry is widely acknowledged as making one of the biggest contributions to the creation of new habitats and nature recovery, leading biodiversity net gain. This is well-documented, most recently in the Mineral Products Association document Quarries & Nature: A 50 year success story which features numerous examples including quarries restored by Brett.