Project: Arden Quarry, New Mills, Derbyshire
The aim of this scheme is to fill in a potentially dangerous, disused, grit stone quarry with a wide range of waste materials to produce an area of productive farmland.
The Arden and Birch Vale Quarry complex has a long history of grit stone extraction which has been primarily used for construction and road building in Derbyshire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.
This extraction has resulted in the creation of a huge void adjacent to the Peak District National Park in Derbyshire. Following detailed discussion with the Derbyshire Planning Department and The Environment Agency, a sympathetic scheme was agreed to restore the land back to original ground levels by use of imported fill materials.
The restoration materials are fully encapsulated in a sealed series of cells with engineered, independently quality assessed liners fitted to the base, side walls and top. Once each cell is full and capped, soil is imported and spread on top to a minimum depth of one metre to allow seeding to take place.
The site planning permission has a comprehensive aftercare scheme attached to it which will ensure that it eventually blends seamlessly into the surrounding landscape.
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