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.
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
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.
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
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.
Article published in Natures's Home Magazine
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...
Wetland creation at Needingworth quarry, Cambridgeshire
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.
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Quarry Life Award
The Quarry Life Award is an international research competition for the promotion and education about biodiversity in quarries.
Projects conducted at Needingworth Quarry
Investigation into the insect biodiversity of grasslands surrounding the reedbed restoration at needingworth quarry by anglia ruskin university
Assessing the potential for upgrading ecological restoration at needingworth and whatley quarries to accommodate offsets from elsewhere by the centre for ecology and hydrology.