British Lime Association (BLA) part of the Mineral Products Association (MPA)


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July 2014

How Lime Contributes to Your Summer!

Lime is an unseen, but very important mineral that links into all of our everyday activities. When you imagine summer holidays away from school you imagine long sunny days, day trips enjoying the outdoors and lots of ice cream! Here is how lime feeds in to all of those:

Quenching Your Thirst

Lime is used to treat tap water and makes it safe for us to drink by removing impurities.






Helping to Create Play Areas

Lime can be used to treat very wet or contaminated soils and make them suitable to build upon. It can transform disused areas into playgrounds, sports fields or parks.





Making Summer Treats

Lime is crucial to the sugar making process. Sugar is a key ingredient in cold summer treats, such as ice lollies and ice cream.





Providing Day Trips

At many historical sites around the UK, lime mortar was used in the original construction, such as Roman forts. Sites that have been recently restored have used lime to bring them back to their former glory.




Notes to Editors

The BLA is a constituent body of the Mineral Products Association (MPA), which is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. The BLA represents the interests of three member companies, responsible for producing 75% of the lime sold in the UK. The BLA members are Lhoist UK, Singleton Birch Ltd and Tarmac.

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