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Banks Mining is part of The Banks Group. We are a thriving north-east family business that has a reputation for proactive community engagement and delivering tangible benefits to the communities in which we work. We have worked and restored over 111 surface mining sites since 1976 and have grown to employ over 300 people in the mining, property and renewable sectors. We currently operate the Shotton and Brenkley Lane surface mines near Cramlington and the Rusha surface mine in Scotland. We also have planning permission for a surface mine at Ferneybeds, south of Widdrington Station.

What makes us different?

1. WE INNOVATE – We are the company that constructed Northumberlandia, the largest human landform in the world. ‘The Lady of the North’ was made possible by surface mining and she has already attracted over 50,000 visitors since she opened in September 2012.

2. WE PIONEER – We created the “restoration first” principle, where local communities can enjoy tangible benefits whilst a mine is still in operation and we intend to do the same with Highthorn.

3. WE LISTEN – We are the first surface mining company to introduce community design panels where local people have the opportunity to take part in design workshops and influence the final design of our mines.

Banks Community Fund

We also support communities across Northumberland through our Banks Community Fund. Since 2005 we have donated over £700,000 to deserving projects in the county and we are always keen to support new applications. If you would like more details about how to apply then please contact James Eaglesham on 0191 378 6342 or

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It helps us to shape the way we operate and to continually improve our performance. It is very much part of our development with care approach.

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