Needingworth quarry community page

About the quarry

Needingworth Quarry in Cambridgeshire is one of the largest sand and gravel extraction sites in the UK. It covers an area of approximately 975 hectares and lies three miles east of St Ives, adjacent to the Great Ouse river.

Extraction began in 1995 and will span more than 30 years, during which time 28 million tonnes of sand and gravel will be removed. The restoration will be phased to create Britain’s biggest reedbed (460 hectares), along with open meres, wet scrub and grassland, within a 700 hectare nature reserve. The quarry employs 9 people directly and supports a number of others including contractors and drivers.

Charitable funding

Below is a list of charitable funding by Needingworth quarry during the year
  • Huntingdonshire Philharmonic - £250 donation
  • St John the Baptist Church, Baston - £250 donation
  • Needingworth Village Hall - £200 donation to Music Festival
  • Holywell-cum-Needingworth Gardening Club - £100 donation
  • Over Carnival - £200 donation

Stay Safe... Stay Out of Quarries

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We help charities and voluntary groups in communities close to our sites and offices through the Hanson in the Community scheme.

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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.

Take a look at our current opportunities.

Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue Training Day at Needingworth Quarry

Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue Training Day at Needingworth Quarry.

On Sunday 1st of October 2017 members of the Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue volunteer group were welcomed to Needingworth quarry by Hanson to carry out a number of training exercises on the site. Read more

Chinese Delegation visits Hanson-RSPB Wetland Project at Ouse Fen

Chinese delegation visit Hanson-RSPB Wetland Project. Image credits: Jeff Kew
Image credits: Jeff Kew

Mr Chendong Tang: Vice Director of Shanghai Municipal Greening & City Appearance Administration and Director of Shanghai Chongming Dongtan National Nature Reserve, ready to visit Needingworth Quarry.

A senior delegation from Shanghai, China, recently visited the Hanson-RSPB Wetland Project at Ouse Fen to see the reedbed and wetland habitat creation as part of their visit to the UK. The visit included Directors from the Shanghai Chongming Dongtan National Nature Reserve, itself a large wetland reserve, and they were keen to see flagship projects which are examples of the RSPB working with the construction industry to create new nature reserves.

Read more on the RSPB website

Moving Earth to create Heaven

Article published in Natures's Home Magazine

Moving Earth to create Heaven.

James Lowen visits RSPB Ouse Fen to find out how, with the help of Hanson Aggregates, we've been turning a quarry site into a wildlife paradise... 

Nature reserve to double in size

Nature reserve to double in size.

A further 96 hectares of restored land at Needingworth in Cambridgeshire has been handed over to the RSPB as part of a 30-year partnership project to create a wildlife nature reserve from a working sand and gravel quarry. Read more

Wetland creation at Needingworth quarry, Cambridgeshire

Needingworth - View from horse back looking over canal towards cell 3.

Over the coming years Hanson will progressively donate further small parcels of land as sand and gravel extraction is completed. The RSPB will manage and develop this land for nature conservation. When the final area is handed over, the Ouse Fen Nature Reserve will be complete. The dream will have become reality.

Read about the wetland creation project at Needingworth 

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Site liaison

Hilton Law.

Hilton Law - Cambridgeshire Unit Manager

Tel: 01487 849026 / 07773 313194

Hanson RSPB Wetland Project Walking trails

Hanson RSPB Wetland Project.

There are two reserve trails connecting to a network of existing paths for lots of walking options. 

View a PDF of the Barleycroft and Reedbed trails


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Community visits

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