Batts Combe quarry community page

Quarry history

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.

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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.

MPA Award.

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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.

Stay Safe... Stay Out of Quarries

Stay safe... Stay out of quarries.

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Dormouse monitoring

Batts Combe - Dormouse monitoring.

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 visiting Batts Combe quarry.

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.

Batts Combe Quarry project wins research award

Quarry Life Award winners 2016.

A biodiversity research project carried out at Batts Combe Quarry, in Cheddar, Somerset, has won the top prize in the UK section of HeidelbergCement’s Quarry Life Award 2016. Read the article

Quarry family open day held

Batts Combe Quarry open day - 30 July 2016. All aboard – more than 700 people attended the open day at Hanson’s Batts Combe quarry in Cheddar on Saturday. Three coaches ferried visitors from the site entrance through the limestone processing plant to a viewpoint high above the village.
All aboard – more than 700 people attended the open day at Hanson’s Batts Combe quarry in Cheddar on Saturday. Three coaches ferried visitors from the site entrance through the limestone processing plant to a viewpoint high above the village.

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Wrington primary school visits the quarry

School visit to Batts Combe quarry - March 2016.

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. 

Community visits

If you are interested in upcoming visits, or would like to arrange one, please use the form below.

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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.

Read about the projects that have helped to contribute to the habitat principles of ‘bigger, better and more joined up"

Batts Combe biodiversity.

Site liaison

Miguel Valdes.

Miguel Valdes - unit manager


Jody Bennett- production supervisor

Tel: 01934 742733


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