27th Oct, 2021

Quarry near Coventry taking part in contest to highlight biodiversity benefits

SMITHS Concrete’s Wolston Fields sand and gravel quarry, near Coventry, is among the sites participating in the fifth round of the Quarry Life Award, an international biodiversity competition.

Smith’s Concrete is a joint venture with Hanson UK, whose parent company HeidelbergCement, runs the competition every three years to share best practices and raise the understanding of the biodiversity value of quarrying sites during and after extraction.

Quarry manager Stuart Parker said: “The aim is to encourage projects which can support or enhance the work we are already doing at Wolston Fields to improve biodiversity and the quality of restoration.

“We also want to hear from people who have ideas which will create a better understanding of the importance of quarrying and its vital role in improving the built environment.”

Wolston Fields provides aggregates for Smiths’ Concrete plants at Warwick, Bubbenhall and Stratford.

The Quarry Life Award is being held in more than 20 countries across the globe and aims to increase the understanding of the interaction between nature and quarries as well as contributing to global nature conservation goals.

The deadline for submitting outline proposals is November 18, 2021.

A panel of experts will then select six of the proposals to become projects to be carried out on Hanson sites between January and September 2022.

The UK winners will be chosen by a national jury and share a prize fund of £10,000 and will also go forward to the international competition.

Visit www.quarrylifeaward.co.uk for more information.

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