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Lafarge restoration to star on BBC 1

LAFARGE are to feature on BBC 1’s Countryfile programme at 8pm this Sunday (8 August). The show – which covers people and places making news in the countryside – will see presenter Ellie Harrison exploring key parts of the National Forest, specifically the creation of the National Memorial Arboretum on restored former Lafarge gravel quarry workings.

During filming Ellie was taken a tour around Lafarge’s current quarrying operation near Alrewas, and learnt how Trent Valley sand and gravel has been quarried by the company for more than 20 years.

The programme also explores the role of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust in creating important wildlife havens on both the restored land and at the nearby confluence of the Tame and Trent rivers.

The Trust has helped provide a wide variety of habitats, including lakes, ponds, reed beds, wetland and grassland. As well as specimen trees, the National Memorial Aboretum has been planted with all 32 surviving truly native British trees.

Ross Halley, senior planning and estates manager for Lafarge, said: ‘The close proximity of Alrewas Quarry and its processing plant to the Arboretum provides every visitor with a visual reminder of the site’s recent history. Many of the visitors will leave realizing that the creation of such a site would not have been possible without a true partnership approach to restoration.’

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