5 July 2017

Quarry competition seeks local community projects

Quarrying company Hanson is offering local schools and community groups a chance to take part in an educational research competition with a prize fund of £12,000.

The Quarry Life Award is run by Hanson’s parent company HeidelbergCement in 23 countries across the globe. The fourth edition includes for the first time a category for community projects that educate about biodiversity in quarries or can help the quarry to better connect with its neighbours. This new stream is open to everyone - individuals, students, schools and community groups - and includes a student class project.

The eight participating sites are:

  • Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire
  • Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire
  • Coldstones, North Yorkshire
  • Forest Wood, Mid-Glamorgan
  • Grange Top, Ketton, Lincolnshire
  • Horton, North Yorkshire
  • Needingworth, Cambridgeshire
  • Ure Valley, North Yorkshire

Martin Crow, Hanson’s senior sustainability manager, said: “Our aim is to encourage projects which can support or enhance the work we are already doing at our sites to improve biodiversity and the quality of restoration. We also want to hear from people who have ideas which will create a better understanding of the importance of quarrying and its vital role in improving the built environment.”

The deadline for submitting outline project proposals is November 20. A panel of experts will then select six projects to forward to the research phase to be carried out between January and September next year. The UK winners will be chosen by a national jury and share a prize fund of £12,000. They will also go forward to the international competition with a chance to scoop the top prize of £30,000.

To find out more, visit the Quarry Life Award website www.quarrylifeaward.co.uk