The sweet smell of succes

A unique alliance between Britain's biggest coal producer and one of its customers is benefiting the environment with a sustainable landscaping opportunity.

LimeX treatment aids future land use, such as planting with grassland mixtures

LimeX treatment aids future land use, such as planting with grassland mixtures

During 1999, UK COAL, formerly RJB Mining, and British Sugar agreed to a three year contract for coal supplies and an arrangement to purchase thousands of tonnes of LimeX to assist in the landscaping and restoration of former colliery sites.

Stabilised growth
Over 100,000 tonnes of LimeX have been applied to extensive areas of UK COAL colliery land at Askern and Rossington near Doncaster. The LimeX is applied to the poor quality soils and is incorporated into the existing material to provide a stabilised growing medium. It contains useful levels of phosphate, magnesium and sulphate as well as other nutrients.

LimeX is either applied alone or in combination with other soil-forming materials such as biosolids and paper pulps. This treatment aids future land use, such as planting with grassland mixtures and trees for grazing and forage production.

UK COAL Civil Engineer, Martin Brumby comments, "LimeX is rich in the nutrients we need to restore land to a high standard. It is easy to apply, it's fast-acting and long-lasting, and will provide a near perfect base for grass, clover, trees and shrubs."

During 2001, LimeX has also been used to restore land at Thoresby Colliery near Mansfield. British Sugar's National LimeX Manager, Richard Cogman, says, "This unique partnership has again demonstrated the potential for LimeX beyond purely liming. We have a proven product that is well suited to land restoration, and this fits with our strategy to expand LimeX into this market sector."

UK COAL intend to continue working with British Sugar to restore colliery sites within an environmentally focused, cost-effective management strategy.



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