Tarmac’s Panshanger Park site has received top honours at the Mineral Product Association’s (MPA) Restoration & Biodiversity Awards at the Royal Society in London.
The company, along with its partners, the Hertfordshire & Middlesex Wildlife Trust, were awarded the prestigious Cooper-Heyman cup, in recognition of their work to sensitively manage the grade II* listed landscape at Panshanger. The landscape has been restored to agriculture and nature conservation, with 500 of the estate’s 1,000 acres being opened to the public through the creation of a country park.
In addition to winning the Cooper-Heyman cup, Tarmac was also runner up in the restoration category for its site at Cloddach, near Elgin, which has been restored to a mosaic of lakes, wetlands, islands and wet woodland and agriculture.
Michael Cardus, Tarmac’s Dry Rigg quarry manager, won the biodiversity individual contribution award, and also won the photography competition, for which he was presented with the Butterfield Trophy by television presenter, Sybil Ruscoe, for his photograph of sandmartin.
Martin Riley, Senior Vice President at Tarmac and MPA Chairman said: “I’m immensely proud of the work we and our partners do to manage biodiversity and deliver careful restoration across our quarries. The wins for Panshanger and Cloddach are thoroughly deserved, and testament to the dedication and hard work of all involved at the site, as well as our partner organisations such as the Wildlife Trusts. Congratulations go to all of the entrants.”
Lesley Davies, Chief Executive of Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust, added: “We are delighted that the excellent restoration of Panshanger Park has been recognised with the prestigious Cooper-Heyman Cup. The Trust has worked closely together with Tarmac and Herts County Council to develop Panshanger into the haven it is today, both for people and wildlife.
“We would like to extend our thanks to Tarmac as well as to all the dedicated staff and volunteers at the Trust who have contributed to the successful restoration of the park, from the Forest School to the many events at the park and important biological surveying. We look forward to continuing our work in this area and seeing Panshanger flourish.”
The MPA’s Restoration & Biodiversity Awards is an important event that celebrates achievement through partnerships, charts the way forward and shares best practice. Exploring the contribution the mineral products industry will continue to make to biodiversity and nature conservation.
In addition to these successes, Tarmac was also recognised in the following categories:
Ian Rumbellow, Quarry manager at Barham won third place in the photography competition for a kingfisher photo
Tarmac received commendations for
Restoration awards - Rampton Quarry - sand and gravel quarry restored to a mix of agriculture and nature conservation.
Biodiversity: Landscape scale - Trent Valley partnership work with RSPB and Wildlife Trust to create linked wetland habitats.
Biodiversity: Landscape scale - Sandy Quarry and Rammamere Heath - Heathland restoration on the Greensand Ridge Nature Improvement Area in partnership with the RSPB and Greensand Trust.
Biodiversity: Planned Restoration - Dry Rigg and Arcow Quarrries. Landscape scale restoration and provision of priority habitats in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Biodiversity: Planned Restoration - Derbyshire Limestone Quarries. Strategic approach to limestone restoration in Derbyshire.