Local authority: Leeds City Council
Postcode of nearby property: WF3 2BB
Site area: 23.2 hectares
Tonnage: 253,000 tonnes of coal
Duration: April 2004-June 2005
Site Status: Restored. Agricultural land and country park restored and aftercare completed.
Cave Lane surface coal mine was restored in June 2005. During the lifetime of the mine, over two hundred and fifty thousand tonnes of coal was excavated, which was transported to Hunslet Rail sidings near Leeds and from there where it was loaded onto rail to our customers.
The site has since been restored to provide a popular community woodland with bridleways that local people continue to enjoy.
Banks Mining also created a series of wetlands and wildlife habitats. Agricultural areas have also had extensive under drainage installed, which have been restored to both permanent pasture and arable rapeseed, wheat and barley.