5f. Manage the extraction and use of non-renewable resources such as minerals and fossil fuels in ways that minimize depletion and cause no serious environmental damage.
Photo: Murton Wildlife Trust
Aggregate Industries works alongside its various communities to try and agree on final restoration plans which are beneficial to all stakeholders.
Working with the Trust at Murton has shown us what a long term partnership can achieve and how it can benefit not just the most immediate neighbours but include the wider community as well.
Shamir Ghumra, Head of Sustainability, Aggregate Industries
A long term partnership can benefit not just the most immediate neighbours but the wider community as well
From 1990 to 2001 the farm at Murton had a very different look. It was a sand and gravel quarry worked by Aggregate Industries. Once the quarrying ended, Murton Wildlife Trust for Environmental Education was set up to restore and enhance the land. Aggregate Industries worked alongside the Trust through the restoration and assisted the Trust with some of its habitat enhancement projects enabling the site to become an important wildlife sanctuary.
The unique artificial nesting facilities for sand martins, designed and constructed at Murton, were recognised throughout the UK as a leading innovation in nesting provision for these vulnerable birds. In addition the nature reserve and farm provide a hands-on setting for education and training, for young people from local schools, in estate maintenance, animal husbandry, soft landscaping and incubation and hatchery - together with personal development skills.
5. Protect and restore the integrity of Earth's ecological systems, with special concern for biological diversity and the natural processes that sustain life.