Quarry clear-up project is runner-up in awards

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A MAMMOTH project to clear up a former Peak District flourspar quarry has come runner-up in a national awards scheme.

Lafarge, which runs Hope Cement Works, and a local farmer were nominated in the Mineral Products Association’s national Restoration Awards for the project at Dirtlow Rake, near Castleton.

The work involved moving around one million tonnes of waste material and spoil to allow the site to be returned to agricultural use.

Farmer and landowner Joe Dalton has also opened a path across the site and Lafarge has installed a public information board to give newcomers information about the area.

Hope Works manager Ashley Bryan said: “Although the Dirtlow Rake land is not now owned by Lafarge, it borders our limestone quarry.

“As a company committed to restoration and landscaping to minimise the visual impact of our operations, we felt it was important we proactively worked with our neighbours to assist in restoring these former fluorspar and barytes workings.

“We worked closely with the Dalton family, the farmers who owned the land surface, and whose aim was to regain the land for grazing.

“The restoration project involved a complex series of negotiations between Lafarge and surrounding land owners; and involved the movement of around one million tonnes of waste material and the transfer of soil from Hope.

“We are delighted our combined efforts with the Dalton family have been acknowledged at a national level.”

Mr Dalton said: “Lafarge’s expertise helped us to achieve a successful restoration and a return of the land to beneficial agricultural use for the grazing of livestock.”