Shardlow quarry community page

About Shardlow quarry

Shardlow quarry re-opened in 2015 after being mothballed for two years during the recession. It first opened in 1989 and is one of the largest sand and gravel operations in the Trent valley. The quarry lies between the River Trent and the main A50 and covers around 120 hectares. The mineral is a river terrace sand and gravel deposit laid down in glacial and inter-glacial periods. It averages six metres in thickness and is overlain by two metres of soil and overburden. Planning permission for a 3.5 million tonne extension was granted in 2014.

The quarry restoration is based on replicating the pre-industrial pastoral floodplain landscape. This includes reinstating flood meadow grassland enclosed by restored hedgerows with trees, connecting with field-corner woodlands and riparian tree cover. Woodland mammals, invertebrates and birds will benefit, alongside species attracted to the traditional enclosed farmland now being recreated agriculture by backfilling the voids with soils and other imported inert materials. Parts of the site have been progressively restored to create water storage reservoirs. The various water bodies feature a variety of conservation habitats.


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Witches Oak Water sightings blog

This blog is regularly updated and and records sightings at Witches Oak Water, a wetland reserve with 12 lakes, reedbed, wet and dry woodland, wet and dry grassland and hedgerow habitats.

Witches Oak Water.

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Interesting fact:

Shardlow bronze age log boats.
Two Bronze Age log boats were found at the quarry. The one pictured above is on display at Derby Museum while the other, pictured below, remains in situ for archeologists to monitor within the quarry.
Shardlow bronze age log boats.

Opportunity knocks for our leaders of tomorrow

Fiona Bradshaw.

Our newest group of potential future managers and supervisors may come from different educational backgrounds, but they are all keen and motivated about making the most of their opportunities. Fiona Bradshaw is based at Shardlow quarry and says the following about her first impressions of the programme. Read More

Shardlow Quarry assists British Army with material sampling

Shardlow quarry assists British Army with material sampling.

In November Shardlow quarry received a request from the British Army for some help. Read more

Quarry hit by Storm Angus

Following the deluge of rain that Storm Angus delivered to Great Britain over the weekend of 19th and 20th of November 2016, Shardlow quarry was hit with severe flooding in the following days. The River Trent burst its banks at the Castle Donington area and flooded into the quarry via the Trentside Ponds, which are adjacent to the quarry. The flood waters caused damage to the quarry side wall.

The 10 second video below was taken at 2.30pm on Wednesday 23rd November and shows the flood waters ripping through from the Ponds and into the quarry workings dig area.

Heron, mink and otter sightings at Witches Oak Water adjacent to Shardlow Quarry

The footage below shows a heron catching a pike, a mink and than an otter looking for food. The video is from a hidden wildlife camera that Richard Spowage of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has planted to capture images at the Witches Oak Water site, adjacent to Shardlow Quarry.

Weston extension granted

We have recently been granted Planning Permission by Derbyshire County Council for the “Weston Extension” to the quarry located to the south-west of the existing workings.  The permission increases the reserves of sand and gravel by some four million tonnes and the life of the quarry by around eight years. The new reserves will be transported to the existing plant site off Acre Lane for processing, but delivery vehicles will continue to use the direct link onto the A50 except when the access road is flooded. It is anticipated that working of the extension will commence in Spring 2016.

Paul Lagram.

Site liaison

Paul Lagram, quarry manager

Tel: 01332-799599


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Community visits

Shardlow quarry welcomes visits from community organisations and schools and holds two meetings a year with the liaison committee meetings including site visits. A training day for Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service was held in August 2015 and the British Geological Society has an annual visit. There are two Derbyshire Wildlife Trust/Severn Trent Water ‘Evening Walkabout of Witches Oak Water’ among other events.

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A training day for Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service