MPA - essential materials, sustainable solutions
 
 

MPA Restoration and Biodiversity Awards 2015

 
 

Greystone Quarry
Operator: Aggregate Industries
Location: Cornwall

 
 

MPA Biodiversity Award
INNOVATION - COMMENDED

Aggregate Industries has added a large group of new “workers” to its team at Greystone Quarry in Cornwall – a family of bees!

The hives that now sit alongside the quarry near Launceston are the workforce’s own very individual contribution to the company’s wider biodiversity effort. It came about as a result of the distribution of honey from another colony nearby and a discussion about the alarming decline in honey bees over recent years.

Recognising that their site has plenty of suitable land, they not just established hives but used a restored tip to establish species-rich neutral grassland as a source of pollen and nectar. They have also sown nectar-rich wildflower seeds and translocated wild primroses from a new working area.

Quarry manager Anthony Allday has added “head beekeeper” to his weekly responsibilities and has attended courses to enable him to look after the bees. The time commitment is, he says not a big one.

Now well established, the colony has generated some 30 pounds of honey in its first season. It is being harvested and processed by a local community interest company. Some will be shared amongst the workforce and some sold for charity.

Anthony hopes other quarries will follow their lead.

 
 

'Realising the Potential...Progress and Partnership' – Biodiversity and The Mineral Products Association.

You are in: News - MPA Restoration and Biodiversity Awards 2013 - Bayston Hill Quarry
also relevant
Press releases
Publications
Events
Event Feedback
Restoration & Biodiversity Awards
 
Print PagePrintable page
   
Top of page I Disclaimer I Sitemap I Valid HTML 4.01 and CSS
Search