• Local GAPs

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Introduction (1): What are Aggregates?

Aggregates are crystalline or granular rocks that are extracted for use in the construction industry. These can be either primary aggregates (extracted from the ground in quarries) or secondary aggregates (recycled from construction waste). Aggregates are an essential material in building and repairing things such as roads, railways and homes. … → Read More

Introduction (2): Types of Aggregate

Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has a list of extraction products that are subject to the Aggregates Levy. These products include the following:

Introduction (3): The Aggregates Levy

This is an environmental tax imposed on producers of commercial aggregate in the United Kingdom. It came into effect in 2002 and was introduced to address the environmental costs associated with quarrying, such as noise, dust, visual intrusion, loss of amenity and damage to geological and biological diversity. … → Read More

Introduction (4): Aggregates resources at the Geological Records Centre

The Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust (EHT) host the Geological Records Centre (GRC), which houses an extensive archive of local geological information in the form of:

  • A comprehensive geological and geomorphological sites database
  • Digital Geological, Ordnance Survey and site information
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Introduction (5): Aggregates and the GAPs

In 2006, the Trust began work on Local Geodiversity Action Plans (GAPs) for the two counties after receiving funding from the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ASLF).  This initiative included reviewing and recording a number of aggregate sites in Herefordshire and Worcestershire with the making of recommendations for the promotion of geology and geological heritage across both counties. … → Read More