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Bardon Hill Quarry achieves biodiversity award

3 May 2008

Local company Aggregate Industries has been awarded The Wildlife Trusts’ Biodiversity Benchmark in recognition of its ongoing commitment to improving biodiversity at Bardon Hill Quarry.

Stephanie Hilborne, Chief Executive of the Wildlife Trusts, presented the Benchmark to Aggregate Industries’ CEO Bill Bolsover at the leading building and construction material supplier’s Bardon Hall offices in Markfield on 23 May 2008.

The pioneering Biodiversity Benchmark is a rigorously audited certification, which enables organisations across the country to assess the quality of their land management, improve their contribution to the environment and demonstrate their commitment to biodiversity.

A key part in Aggregate Industries achieving the award for is its ongoing commitment to creating and improving wildlife habitats at the quarry site. This includes working closely with local biodiversity partners, such as Natural England to monitor and enhance the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) on Bardon Hill; BTCV, who help to care for the area; and the Leicester & Rutland Wildlife Trust, who wrote the company’s biodiversity management plan.

Bill Bolsover, CEO of Aggregate Industries, said: “Since applying to start the Benchmark process in early 2007 we have worked extremely hard with our partners, auditing a number of our processes and procedures in respect to protecting and enhancing biodiversity at Bardon Hill Quarry.”

“Clearly we are delighted to have achieved this accreditation, however, we are committed to not just stopping here. Our aim now is to continue the good work already done and build on this so that we can constantly improve the way we manage our landholdings in the future, both at this site and at our other quarries across the UK.”

“The most significant works at the quarry site to date has been to replace the conifers on Bardon’s SSSI with UK provenanced, broad-leafed species such as oak, ash and holly. With so many rare species in the National Forest, and more specifically in the Charnwood area, we have an opportunity to provide some of the habitats to encourage these species to establish themselves at Bardon.”

Stephanie Hilborne, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trusts’, commented: “There is increasing awareness amongst the business community of the need to develop more sustainable business operations and I am delighted that Aggregate Industries is at the forefront of organisations who have achieved the Biodiversity Benchmark.

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