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.
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
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.