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Banks Mining has restored every surface mine we have ever worked.
To date Banks Mining has worked and restored over 112 surface coal mines since the business was started in 1976. We have over 40 years’ experience in the industry and our development with care approach sets us apart from other developers.
We have delivered many benefits to local communities through our mine restoration schemes, including community parks, nature reserves, fishing ponds, restoration of historic landscapes and the world famous Northumberlandia – ”The Lady of the North”. See: www.northumberlandia.com
Our dedicated restoration design and management professionals manage a team of over 40 restoration contractors from across northern England and Scotland. They work together to ensure that our newly restored sites benefit from a five year period of “aftercare” to ensure that we leave an improved environment and sustainable legacy for the local community.
As part of the planning application for a surface mine a restoration plan has to be produced, detailing how the land will be landscaped once the site has been mined. Surface mining provides the opportunity to make changes to land that might otherwise not have been possible. Contaminated land can be cleared up, flooding can be alleviated and new landscape features can be created.
Our sites are restored with the principle of what is created is an improvement on what was there before. In turn this enhances landscape value and encourages biodiversity and habitat creation. Features that we add often include wetland areas, woodland and wildlife areas. Some of our sites are developed into community parks to provide better public access and facilities such as fishing and boating lakes, new footpaths, bridleways, cycle ways and public art. New trees and hedgerows are also planted. To date we have planted over one million trees on restored sites.
Once sites have been restored they enter an aftercare phase of at least five years to ensure the high quality of the restoration is maintained.