Tarmac is celebrating after winning the Restoration Award at the annual European Aggregates Association (UEPG) Sustainable Development Awards 2019.
Cloddach Quarry, a sand and gravel quarry in Scotland, was awarded the Restoration Award for its mosaic of lakes, wetlands, islands, wet woodland and agriculture. Lake margins have been carefully shaped to encourage birdlife to the site, providing feeding, roosting, breeding and lofting with the formation of shallow wetlands, islands, land-bridges and gentle sloping beaches.
Panshanger Park in Hertfordshire also received a special mention in the Restoration category for its work undertaken to transform the former sand and gravel quarry into a country park.
In the Special Award for Biodiversity category, Sandy Heath quarry in Bedfordshire received a special mention for the Heathland creation at the site which has created habitats for birds, invertebrates and lichens.
David Park, national restoration manager for Tarmac, said: “We are very proud to have received this award, it is a great recognition of all the hard work and detail that has gone into the restoration of these sites.
Stuart Wykes, director of Land and Natural resources at Tarmac, added: “It’s great to see the team and everyone involved in these projects receive this type of recognition.
“It is important to us that we do sustainable mineral extraction and restoration at the sites we operate, so receiving these awards really does reinforce the work we do when it comes to biodiversity and restoration.”
The European Aggregates Industry supports the principles of sustainable development and is committed to operating with care and concern for the environment, for its neighbours and for society as a whole.
The UEPG Sustainable Development Awards illustrate this commitment by promoting the spread of best practice and by encouraging projects that go well beyond what is required by planners or regulators, set new standards of excellence and provide an inspirational example that others can follow.