We love our stone. It’s one of the most natural, beautiful and recognisable resource on offer and has been used for hundreds of thousands of years to keep us dry, safe and warm.
It’s all around us but we take it for granted, just walking past a building we have probably walked past every day without appreciating its beauty or the millions of years it took to create what its built from. Stone really is an amazing sustainable resource that is held, ready and waiting to be used.
So, if we are quarrying something like stone that is natural and sustainable, we have an obligation to make sure the process of supplying it is as sustainable as possible.
Our main quarry in Purbeck, sits at the top of a hill overlooking the glorious Corfe Castle and as a result, attracts snow, sleet, rain fog but fortunately lots of sun. In ‘light’ of this we installed PVs on top of our tile factory roofs and since then, these have been generating a steady amount of electricity. We also recycle the water used as part of the sawing process and have just installed rain water harvesting.
At our Bowden’s quarry on the Somerset Levels, we installed a PV in December 2011 and since then, its generated an impressive 189,907 kwh of electricity of which 131,279 Kwh has been pumped back into the grid. That’s enough electricity to power 40 average size UK houses for a whole year! There is no doubt that having PVs in place has saved us money and our new buildings at Chicksgrove are South facing so we can maximise PV opportunities in the future.
Farmers local to our Purbeck quarry also benefit from the limestone dust that comes from sawing as its given away free to spread on their land. Off cuts of our stone are also crushed to produce aggregate which is used for farm tracks and roads for haulage amongst other things.
Within our Purbeck quarry, we have for many years planned broadleaf woodlands to try and restore the natural beauty of the surrounding area and we’ve already planted over 4 acres.
We are always thinking about ways in which as a company we can reduce our carbon footprint and make our business as sustainable as the products we supply. We have a commitment to give something back and would always encourage others to do the same.
Last week we were delighted to receive a visit at Chicksgrove Quarry from our friends at Salisbury Cathedral. They were …