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Quarry Life Award open days

Hanson quarry sites open their doors to students taking part in international biodiversity award

SIX Hanson UK sites are opening their doors to students interested in taking part in the Quarry Life Award.

The academic research competition, launched last month by Hanson’s parent company, HeidelbergCement Group, aims to promote biodiversity at the company’s quarries and offers a total prize fund of more than £100,000.


Undergraduate and post-graduate students can investigate potential biodiversity topics at open days at:

  • Wykeham, near Scarborough, North Yorkshire – Thursday 1 December and Friday 2 December.
  • Padeswood, near Mold, North Wales – Wednesday 30 November and Monday 5 December.
  • Shardlow, near Derby, Derbyshire – Thursday 24 November and Friday 25 November.
  • Kings Dyke at Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire – Wednesday 30 November and Thursday 8 December.
  • Wrotham, near Maidstone, Kent – Tuesday 6 December and Thursday 15 December.
  • Warmwell airfield, an inactive site near Dorchester, Dorset – Friday 25 November and Monday 5 December.

To book a place, email [email protected]; or call Hanson’s Freephone information line on: 0800 130 3003.

Martin Crow, head of environment and sustainability at Hanson UK, said: ‘Our Quarry Life Award has generated a lot of interest in the biological value of mining sites. We believe there is potential for some great projects and encourage students and staff to come along to one of the open days and participate in the award scheme.’

The deadline for proposals is 17 February 2012, with selected projects being carried out between March and September 2012. Completed research is to be submitted by 28 September 2012.

Further information can be found on the Quarry Life Award website:; or on Facebook:


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