Methley and Moss Carr

Site aerial - operational boundary (red)

Local authority: Leeds City Council
Postcode of nearby property: LS26 9HE
Site status: Restored. Agricultural areas restoration and aftercare completed. The woodland is still in aftercare
Site area: c195 hectares

Tonnage: 1.1 million tonnes of coal

Site Duration: 1994 – 2005
Awards: The site won the 2012 landscape category at the annual Leeds Architectural Awards

Site Location:

The Moss Carr site extended over 200 hectares between Rothwell and Methley in Leeds.


Site operations

Site Operations

Over 1 million tonnes of coal was recovered from the site between 1997 and 2004.

Restoration of the site was completed in 2005, followed by a five year aftercare management programme.

Methley Millenial Walk through the new woodland

Creation of Woodland

The restoration of the site enhanced public access and created a dynamic landscape. It included the creation of one of the largest broadleaf woodlands in the area, which encompasses 43,000 trees on a 30-hectare part of the site, and which links up with existing woodlands.

New wetlands

New wetlands and parkland

Other new landscape features included new wetlands, a new avenue of trees, around 6.5 kilometres of new hedges and a new area of parkland, which was an extension to an existing parkland area, as well as the creation of the new Hugh Calverley playing fields were also added on land between the site and Rothwell Sports Centre.

Hedgerows to create 'green lane'

Green Lanes

A number of other footpaths, including a section of the Leeds Country Way, were also reinstated, with new features such as ‘green lane’ hedging and direction markers added to enhance their public value.

Winner of the Landscape Category at the annual Leeds Architectural Awards

In 2012, the Moss Carr restoration scheme was named as the winner of the Landscape category at the annual Leeds Architectural Awards, with architect John Lyall, who led the Architecture Awards judging panel, saying at the time: “This staggeringly ambitious project planned and executed so successfully by Banks Mining inspired the judging panel, and the restoration of such a huge area of opencast mines back to a pastoral countryside richer than before it was dug up is truly remarkable.”

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