Batts Combe quarry community page
Present operations can be traced back to around 1924 or 1926 when two local men, Charles Bernard Butcher and Frederick Ford formed the Batts Combe Quarry Co. Today the quarry's current production is about 1 million tonnes annually for aggregates. In addition to aggregate making, this is also one of the few sites processing material for 'industrial' uses such as agriculture, animal feeds and industrial fillers.
Joint winner at MPA's biodiversity awards
Hanson UK’s Batts Combe quarry at Cheddar in Somerset was named as joint winner in the landscape category at the Mineral Products Association’s biodiversity awards with Aggregate Industries, who operate the neighbouring Callow Rock quarry.
Supplying material to Hinkley Point
Batts Combe is one of the main suppliers of aggregates for Hinckley Point C Power Station currently under construction in Somerset.
Monthly surveys are carried out over the summer months by a group of volunteers to count the dormice and their young.
Cheddar parish council visit Batt's Combe
Members of Cheddar parish council visited Batts Combe quarry at the end of April to see how the site is being developed and hear about plans for the future. They were given an overview of the business in the office then taken to the viewing platform at the top of the quarry and shown the extraction and stone processing operations.
Wrington primary school visits the quarry
Batts Combe quarry had a visit from Wrington primary school. "The visit went very well and the kids haven't stopped talking about it since," says unit manager, Ian Strachan. The group visited the main quarry pit and each child left with a sample of rock.
Biodiversity at Batts Combe
Batts Combe Quarry lies within the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and within the quarry land holding there are important, biodiverse habitats including woodland and calcareous grassland plus The Perch, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The quarrying industry was once seen as a block on habitat and species connectivity in Mendip, however over the past 20 years much work has been done by Hanson UK and nature conservation groups to identify and implement the potential that quarry restoration and management of large holdings have for large-scale landscape connectivity. This work resulted in Batts Combe Quarry winning the 2015 Mineral Products Association, Landscape Scale Biodiversity Contribution Award.
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We advertise our opportunities on the Hanson website, leading online job boards and the print media. We also attend a selection of career events at both national and local levels. Occasionally, recruitment agencies will represent us in attracting specialist skills. We have a preferred suppliers list of recruitment agencies and will accept applications from those so approved.