Wherever possible old areas of tipped material are landscaped using a variety of methods. For quarries at higher altitudes any kind of planting would have little success therefore the aim with these is to create a 'crag and scree' effect by leaving some rock faces exposed with finer material below thus imitating the natural effects of erosion.
For quarries at lower levels, the tips are landscaped using fine slate waste mixed with imported soil and trees are then planted (under schemes agreed with the National Park).
At Broughton Moor quarry an 80 hectare tree planting scheme has been carried out under the Woodland Challenge Fund. This incorporates several species of native woodland including alder, juniper, sessile oak, rowan and birch. A new footpath linked to a small car park by wooden walkways is open to the public and not only will this scheme mature with time, it will also serve as a screen for the quarrying operations.
Two of Burlington's quarries are bounded by Sites of Special Scientific Interest; the one at Kirkby because of the heather moorland and at Elterwater for the oak woodland and its associated lichens and mosses. In the case of Elterwater quarry a program of rhododendron eradication is under way to prevent this invasive plant from spreading into the SSSI. Other potential problems identified by Natural England such as Himalayan Balsam and Japanese Knotweed are regularly treated each year wherever they occur.
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