The land known as Bleak Hill lies to the north of Ringwood, Hampshire and has been used as a sand and gravel quarry since 2000. It's use was a natural extension to the former Hamer Warren Quarry which lies just to the south. Hamer Warren itself was in use from 1954 to 2000 and now forms a restored area of land which is used for fishing and recreation. This case study provides a brief insight into a Hampshire sand and gravel quarry.
Site Code: NF091
Size of site: Approximately 48 hectares
Date extraction commenced: circa. 2000
Date extraction commenced at Bleak Hill II: January 2009.
Total Reserves of Mineral to be worked: Approximately 2.530 million tonnes
Planning permissions for the site:
Extraction of and sand and gravel with backfilling of inert waste and restoration back to agricultural use;
Storage and recycling of inert waste construction materials to produce a secondary aggregate and the screening of soil.
The site has been worked in an east to west direction across a total of 8 phases. At the time of the last visit in October 2010, the restoration of phases 1-4 had been completed and the restoration of phase 5 back to approved final levels was almost finished.
A Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) also lies adjacent to the west of Bleak Hill I, whilst on the southern boundary of phase 6 there is an active sand martin face which has proved to be a successful home for sand martins for the past two years.
Bleak Hill Quarry