Hanson was presented with the award due to their work on the restoration scheme at their Manor Park quarry, in London, UK, which involved creating lakes, ponds, wet woodland, swamp, marsh, fen and reed beds. The project, undertaken in partnership with The Parks Trust, Milton Keynes, UK, has transformed the landscape into a network of habitats, which link with the Great Ouse River. The habitats are an integral and active part of the floodplain, benefitting a wide range of wildlife, and enhancing the landscape and flood and water management.
The company’s ‘In at the Start’ community engagement project with High Batts Nature Reserve at their Ripon quarry in Yorkshire, UK was also the runner-up in the category and was highly commended. Hanson’s entry to restore quarry benches at Batts Combe quarry in Somerset, UK, was additionally commended.
The awards, held at The Royal Society in London, were part of the MPA’s Quarries and Nature 2019 event, which celebrates the mineral products industry’s contribution to restoration and biodiversity.
“By creating new habitats during quarry restoration, mineral products companies are uniquely placed to increase biodiversity and this year’s submissions and winners of our prestigious awards once again enrich and extend the legacy the industry has built over the decades,” said MPA Chief Executive, Nigel Jackson.
Martin Crow, former National Sustainability Manager at Hanson UK, who retired earlier this year, also received an MPA special award.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/special-reports/31102019/hanson-receive-biodiversity-award-at-2019-mpa-event/