Restoration work commenced on the spoil tip at Hatfield Colliery in August 2014. This involves treatment of spoil in accordance with Hatfield Colliery planning requirements and an Environment Agency permit deployment using a variety of “waste” materials which are creating soils on site suitable for establishing grassland and woodland.
The 42 hectare spoil tip which has been produced from colliery waste at the site from almost 100 years of coal mining has never been green. However, phase one of the restoration is now largely complete and the results are clear to see. The site is slowly beginning to blend into the local countryside, as have previous sites restored by the 4R Group.
Work on phase two of the tip is ongoing with most of the organic material applied to the northern area. Seeding is planned to take place in autumn 2015 which should see significant parts of the tip completely restored by spring 2016.
Despite the unfortunate news recently that coal mining has ceased at the colliery the restoration works are ongoing to comply with the planning requirements of the site.
We intend to update this page with further information and photographs as the works progress.