Restoration & 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
This stunning nature conservation area was, until fairly recently, a sand and gravel quarry which has been progressively restored.
CEMEX UK has transformed former sand and gravel pits at Berkswell Quarry in the UK’s Midlands into a 22-hectare nature reserve.
Created from former gravel pits, the Lackford Lakes are now part of a diverse nature reserve.
Quarry restoration leading to rediscovery of 18th century wetland renowned for rare flora.
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.
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 …
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 …
Amwell Natural Reserve
Amwell Nature Reserve becomes an internationally recognised location for attracting rare wintering water birds and 19 species of dragonfly and damselfly.
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 …