Imerys Minerals Takes The Natural England Award

Imerys Minerals Takes The Natural England Award

Imerys Minerals Takes The Natural England Award

As reported by MPA 

“Imerys Minerals takes the Natural England Award with a project that has involved recreation of 785ha of lowland heathland on sites extending over 26 square miles of Cornwall. The work has been undertaken over a number of years as part of the Tomorrow’s Heathland project – putting the wild heart back into Cornwall.

It began with the landscaping and reprofiling of existing china clay tips, pits and mica dams in order to recreate previously lost lowland heathland habitat.

Heathland plant species were seeded onto specific sites, complemented by the planting of native trees. Collected seed stock was dispersed using a hydro-seeing technique. The scheme also included the creation of additional public access and installation of stock management facilities.

The project was planned using data captured from the National Lowland Heathland Programme and used historic material including aerial photography and landscape appraisals dating back to the 1940s. Imerys then worked with Natural England’s project team to identify appropriate sites.

Imerys Minerals Ltd was the overall winner of the Natural England Award for Landscape and Biodiversity. With a project that has involved recreation of 785ha of lowland heathland on sites extending over 26 square miles of Cornwall. It began with the landscaping and reprofiling of existing china clay tips, pits and mica dams in order to re-create lowland heathland habitat. Heathland plant species were seeded onto sites, complemented by the planting of native trees. The scheme also included the creation of public access and installation of stock management facilities to enable grazing management. ”

Melanie Hughes, Director, Change and Reform, Natural England:

I’ve been really impressed by the extremely high-quality entries for this year’s competition. They showcase the tremendous effort and expertise dedicated by the industry to the cause of nature conservation. The future of our wildlife will depend upon us increasingly planning and delivering at landscape-scales to extend and connect habitats, making space for nature to ensure it is thriving and resilient to climate change and other pressures.The projects in the Landscape-scale category this year really demonstrate that ambition, and must have made the judging very difficult. The sensitive restoration of complex habitats, with heathland featuring particularly strongly, has been striking, and is reflected in the rich communities of plants and animals that have already begun to colonise these new parts of ecological networks.”

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Link to MPA Press Release: http://www.mineralproducts.org/17-release32.htm

Published on: 2 Nov 2017

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