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Restoration of sand and gravel extraction sites to woodland, landscaped lakes and heathland

  • Health and safety
  • Land-use planning
  • Permitting processes / policy integration
  • Reporting official statistics
  • Socio-economic and environmental impact assessments

Challenge the practice is addressing: This data item highlights a case study of Brett Aggregates and how closed sand and gravel mine sites in Villa Quarry in Essex, the United Kingdom were restored to serve as recreational and educational spaces for locals

Concrete practice to achieve the expected goal: The area went through an environmental rehabilitation process that turned extraction sites into woodland, landscaped lakes and heathland. The site now serves as an easily accessible recreational space with an educational angle teaching young people about stewardship of land and landscape.

Expected impact/goal of the practice: The practice provides an example of a successful post-mining rehabilitation project that acknowledges both environmental and societal values in the process.

Who is the target user group of the practice/intervention or implementing the practice/intervention? Regional/municipal authorities and mining companies

UEPG Sustainability Awards 2013, Brett Aggregates
Data item type
Practice base
Practice type
Public policy
Report / document
Learning relevance
Case study
Construction minerals (aggregates)
Extractive life-cycle
Post-exploitation phase (i.e. rehabilitation)
Sustainability scope
Planning beyond the mine life
Valuing all forms of capital (i.e. natural and social capital)
Benefit sharing
Shared vision partnerships
Land-use and biodiversity