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1st Jul, 2022

Quarry biodiversity project shortlisted for funding in global competition

A PROJECT to raise awareness about biodiversity at a Wolston quarry has been selected as one of just six schemes in the UK to participate in the fifth round of global biodiversity competition the Quarry Life Award.

The project at Wolston Fields sand and gravel quarry, owned by Smith’s Concrete, aims to use information boards to highlight the biodiversity work which occurs during the quarry’s lifecycle.

Signs will be placed along a section of footpath to educate communities about how the quarry’s operations can contribute to and enhance biodiversity during different stages of its development – from greenfield grassland to the working part of the quarry and its restored land.

The project, which is being supported by Dunsmore Living Landscape Scheme (DLL) and local primary school St Margarets, is competing in the national round of the awards, which offers a top prize of £5,000 to the winner. If successful, it will be put forward into the international stage of the competition, where it will be up against projects from countries across the globe to try and claim the £26,000 prize for best overall project.

Stuart Parker, quarry manager at Wolston Fields, said: “This project is one of a handful in the UK to be selected for the 2022 Quarry Life Award. We are delighted that Wolston is host to this exciting community scheme and look forward to seeing how it informs best practice in enhancing biodiversity and restoration at our site.”

Visit www.quarrylifeaward.co.uk for more information on the Quarry Life Award.

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