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Restoration and Conservation Sites

Aggregates can only be extracted where they are found. This means that quarries are often located in the countryside. However, quarrying is a temporary land use and progressive restoration, once extraction has been completed, means that sites are effectively ‘borrowed’.

CEMEX applies careful planning to ensure a balance between the need for raw materials and protection of the environment. The company’s standards of environmental performance are among the highest in the world. It includes rigorous day-to-day management of operations and high quality restoration of land that has been worked. More than £1.2 million is allocated to restoration projects every year.

CEMEX has succeeded in outstanding developments through partnership with various community groups, local authorities, commercial organisations, NGO’s and charities. CEMEX's restoration achievements include:

Branton Conservation Nature Area
Branton Conservation Nature Area - This stunning nature conservation area was, until fairly recently, a sand and gravel quarry which has been progressively restored to provide approximately 29 hectares of diverse habitat for many species of birds, plants and other wildlife and a valuable resource for the local community. » More


Nottinghamshire - Attenborough gravel pits home to rare wild birds and award-wining nature centre. Working with the local Wildlife Trust, CEMEX UK has turned disused gravel pits at its Attenborough quarry in Nottinghamshire, UK, into a 145-hectare nature reserve that attracts rare wild birds and has an award-winning education centre. » More

Cossington Meadows
Cossington Meadows -  Cossington Meadows provides natural floodplain and wetland habitat. Working with the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, CEMEX UK has turned a disused gravel pit into an 86 hectare nature reserve. Cossington Meadows acts as a natural floodplain and attracts a rich diversity of birds and other wildlife. » More

Berkswell Quarry
Berkswell Quarry - Rare birds flock to Marsh Lane Nature Reserve following restoration. Working with the landowners, Packington Estates and Natural England, CEMEX UK has transformed former sand and gravel pits at Berkswell Quarry in the UK’s Midlands into a 22-hectare nature reserve. » More

Lackford Lakes
Lackford Lakes - Lackford Lakes provide nesting ground for birds from kingfishers to buzzards. Created from former gravel pits, the Lackford Lakes are now part of a diverse nature reserve with meadows, woodland, reed beds and streams.  » More

Staveley Carrs
Staveley Carrs - Quarry restoration leading to rediscovery of 18th century wetland renowned for rare flora, creating a wetland habitat reminiscent of the original landscape of 200 years ago.   » More

Taffs Well
Taffs Well - With rare peregrine falcons nest at working quarry site. CEMEX UK’s Taffs Well quarry in Wales demonstrates how a working quarry can support rare species.   » More

Wick Golden Valley
Wick Golden Valley - Former ochre mine at Wick Golden Valley provides a home for eight bat species, playing host to a variety of flora and fauna and demonstrates the value of careful site rehabilitation.   » More

Rugeley Quarry
Rugeley Quarry - CEMEX UK is working alongside the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to restore the lowland heath surrounding its Rugeley Quarry. This has been so successful that the area is used to promote best practice to other quarries and mines. » More

Amwell Natural Reserve
Amwell Natural Reserve - Amwell Nature Reserve becomes an internationally recognised location for attracting rare wintering water birds and 19 species of dragonfly and damselfly.  » More

Moor Green Lakes Natural Reserve
Moor Green Lakes Natural Reserve - CEMEX UK restored former gravel pits in the Blackwater Valley in Berkshire to create the Moor Green Lakes Nature Reserve. Since then, our employees and community volunteers have worked together to maintain the site.  » More

Southam - CEMEX UK has partnered with Butterfly Conservation to create habitats for threatened species at its Southam quarry in Warwickshire. The work has been so successful in increasing butterfly numbers that CEMEX now promotes best practice in land management to other businesses in the local area.  » More

Marine Beach Replenishment
Marine Beach Replenishment - CEMEX plays a prominent role in replenishing Britain’s beaches and protecting the coastline from erosion, which is a growing problem as sea levels continue to rise. To tackle this, the company also provides additional sand and/ or gravel to engineering schemes that are designed to dissipate wave action. CEMEX has supplied material to raise the beach levels at Southwold in Suffolk, where of 85,000 cubic metres of sand and gravel were pumped ashore to enhance the beach at this popular sea-side town.
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