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Tarmac hosts school visit

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Tarmac’s Tunstead site hosted over 100 students from Kesteven & Grantham, Girl’s School – its largest school visit ever. The Year 10 students, who were studying for their Geography GCSE, had the opportunity to learn more about geology, land use and minerals to assist with their studies and coursework.

The pupils visited over two separate days and watched a quarry blast at Old Moor quarry, as well as seeing the loading of limestone from the quarry face.

Richard Givens, tour guide at Tarmac, gave a presentation on the cement and lime industries, the products made from these materials and their importance to the local economy. He also covered the history of the quarrying industry in the Buxton area, benefits to the local community and the company’s contribution to sustainability and local ecology, through biodiversity, conservation and restoration.

Mr Scott, head teacher at Kesteven & Grantham Girls' School, said: “This was a great opportunity for the pupils to gain an insight into the quarrying, cement and lime industries and learn valuable information relevant to their geography GCSE. We would like to thank Tarmac at Tunstead for giving us the opportunity to visit and providing such an interesting tour.”

Viv Russell, Lime & Powders Director at Tarmac in Tunstead, said: “This was a major visit and involved quite a bit of co-ordination between teachers and our quarry staff and cement and lime businesses. We feel it is really important to give a better understanding of what we do here, whilst providing a valuable real life experience that is directly relevant to their studies.”

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