Nature is Returning to Former Quarry Site

Work to regenerate parts of the former Lea Quarry at Wenlock Edge have commenced in order to allow the former industrial site’s lunar-like landscape to be transformed back into a natural habitat for wildlife, insects and amphibians.

Although limestone quarrying works halted in 2009, some areas of the site were left requiring a clean-up and landscaping to enable their transition back into a suitable natural environment.

The site’s owner, Edge Renewables Ltd, has already removed the redundant quarry buildings, having taken away some 323 tonnes of scrap from the site. The extensive landscaping work includes items such as reducing the slope of the quarry pool to provide a transitional margin between the land and the water and spreading out spoil heaps so that they can be reshaped to establish features that will benefit wildlife, insects and amphibians.
The area will then be monitored closely and left to naturally regenerate, allowing rare limestone plants to colonise and make the area a haven for a plethora of wildlife.
Katy Bickerton, project manager with Edge Renewables Ltd, said: “Local wildlife enthusiasts and botanists have expressed their delight at having such a rare opportunity to study processes that will take a number of years to establish, but the habitat we are creating will provide a diverse range of limestone flora and associated fauna.”

“We expect that walkers using the popular permissive footpaths that run along the top of our site will be wondering what’s going on with all of the earth-moving equipment having arrived on site. I’m pleased to confirm that it’s all part of our plans to return as much of the site back to nature as possible.”

“Once the transformation has been allowed to take place, the general public will eventually be able to walk in the area and we have received a very enthusiastic response to these regeneration plans.”

Edge Renewables Ltd purchased Lea Quarry in 2012 to be used as the headquarters for its renewable energy business, supplying local customers with sustainable biomass fuel that’s used to reduce our country’s reliance on carbon-emitting fossil fuels. 

The opportunity to purchase the quarry has provided the company with the perfect backdrop to demonstrate that it is possible for business and the environment to work side-by-side, creating employment, boosting the rural economy and allowing rare plants and wildlife to flourish.  

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