Little Paxton Quarry - the first site in the UK to achive The Wildlife Trusts' Biodiversity Benchmark accreditation
Aggregate Industries and The Wildlife Trusts have been working together in partnership since 2006. The company works closely with individual Wildlife Trusts to enhance and protect the land in and around operational areas and also supports collective projects.
The quarrying industry has a huge contribution to make to biodiversity management and enhancement through its management of operational sites, restoration of closed sites and engagement with local communities. Many quarries and gravel pits across the country have been restored for a new life as protected sites for nature particularly in lowland floodplains such as that of the River Trent. Aggregate Industries work with The Wildlife Trusts is a good example of the Living Landscape approach - working in partnership to restore, recreate and reconnect areas for wildlife.
Aggregate Industries and The Wildlife Trusts developed a unique and strong partnership and have been working together since 2006. Locally the company works closely with individual Trusts to enhance and protect the land in and around operational areas. Collective support for The Wildlife Trusts has seen Aggregate Industries support work with the BBC Breathing Places initiative between 2006 and 2009 and continuing with projects such as A Living Landscape leading up to our Centenary in 2012.
Aggregate Industries commitment to enhancing biodiversity
Aggregate Industries’ commitment to leadership in this sector has been evident in:
- The first quarry site to achieve The Wildlife Trusts' Biodiversity Benchmark at Little Paxton Quarry, Cambridgeshire in 2007. Seven more sites have since been certified, including the first two sites to achieve the award in Scotland and ther largest single site to have achieved the standard the 3,826ha Glensanda Estate. The company is committed to achieving the standard across its Tier One (high potential) sites.
- The first in the sector to publish a Biodiversity Action Plan in 2002
- Management and stewardship of 66 sites with environmental designations
- Direct funding support for management of Living Landscape schemes in Leicestershire, London, Somerset and Scotland.
- Integrating management of sites which lie in, or close to, Living Landscape schemes into the wider conservation and restoration programmes