County Planning

Ibsley Quarry near Ringwood recognised in national restoration and biodiversity awards

Awards ceremony

On Wednesday 16 October 2013 the Mineral Products Association (MPA) held its prestigious Restoration and Biodiversity Awards at the Royal Society in London.

The MPA awards have been recognising exceptional practice for over 40 years and the event celebrated some of the best examples of wildlife conservation and quarry restoration in Europe.

The highest award for restoration work is the Cooper-Heyman Cup and this year it was awarded to Lafarge Tarmac for its excellent work at Ibsley Quarry near Ringwood.

Since the quarry stopped being excavated the 36-hectare site has been restored to a beautiful mix of open water conservation lakes, wetland and grassland. Innovative and practical techniques are used to control water levels, establish species-rich grassland and reedbeds, and control invasive weeds.

Comments and reflections

Julia Davey from Hampshire County Council,has been the case officer for the site for more than 18 years. Attending the awards on behalf of the County Council, Julia said:

“This is a shining example of sustainable development and what can be achieved through partnership working for the long term enhancement of the environment, and for the benefit of the local and wider community and future generations.”

Andy Cadell, Lafarge Tarmac’s estates manager said:

“Ibsley is not just a superb restoration in its own right but part of a much acclaimed wider network along the Avon Valley north of Ringwood. The restoration of Ibsley links with the adjoining restoration of Blashford Lakes, a series of former gravel pits which provide landscape habitats in an area dominated by national and European conservation designations including SSSIs, SPA, SAC and Ramsar sites.

I am so pleased that Ibsley won this award – it is a triumph not just for the company, but for its employees and members of the community who have all contributed to the cause with enthusiasm and passion.”

Pictures

Ibsley Quarry in 2006

The quarry in 2006

Ibsley Quarry in 2013

The quarry in 2013

From the awards ceremony

awards cermony

Picture from left to right: Barbara Smith (Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Ecologist for Lafarge Tarmac) ,Andrew Cadell, (Estates Manager, Lafarge Tarmac), Julia Davey ( Project Manager, Hampshire County Council)

Find out more

For information and any questions about the County Council's role in managing the quarry please contact Julia Davey: