Biodiversity & restoration
All BLA members are committed to protecting the environment and enhancing biodiversity.
As part of the requirements for planning permission, quarries need to have a site restoration plan, which can be gradually carried out during operation or after the quarrying activity has finished. Restoration schemes ensure that quarrying activities leave a positive, sustainable legacy on the landscape.
Land may be restored for recreational use for the local community or natural habitats to enhance biodiversity.
Members of the BLA have gone above and beyond the planning requirements for site restoration schemes. One operating site even has its own Biodiversity Action Plan.
Examples of habitat creation that have been undertaken by BLA members include planting woodland, establishing wildflower meadows, grassland management projects, introducing ponds and wetland habitats and hedgerow cultivation.