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Restoration of Broom Quarry

  • 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 practice addresses the transformation of the Broom Quarry from a sand and gravel quarry to a mosaic of lakes, wetlands, islands, lowland meadows, woodland and agriculture.

Concrete practice to achieve the expected goal: A group of fishing and conservation lakes were built along the site's center as part of the rehabilitation of the primary quarry. Islands and narrow lake borders were constructed with poor quality materials, allowing wetlands to naturally regenerate. Backfilling the agricultural restoration zones also included the use of poor materials and overburdens. Soils were then added to turn these places back into prime agricultural land. Throughout the property, units of woods and hedgerows have been established. For the greater good of the community, the restored space has been established as a resource for enjoyment and education. A local club uses the site's restored lakes for fishing, and there are about 10 km of footpaths and bridleways throughout it.

Expected impact/goal of the practice: The goal of the restoration was to turn the former extraction site into a nature and recreation space.

Who is the target user group of the practice/intervention or implementing the practice/intervention? This practice is for companies in the extractive industries.

UEPG Sustainable Development Award Nominee
Data item type
Practice base
Practice type
Report / document
Learning relevance
Case study
Unspecified (universally applicable)
Extractive life-cycle
Post-exploitation phase (i.e. rehabilitation)
Sustainability scope
Planning beyond the mine life
Shared vision partnerships
Water stewardship
Land-use and biodiversity
System change potential
to turn the former extraction site into a nature and recreation space
planning beyond mine-life