On Thursday 21 June, Raymond Brown held an open afternoon at Brickworth Quarry to provide the local community with an opportunity to have a tour of the site, chat to employees and enjoy a community afternoon.
The open event ran from 3.30pm – 6.30pm and saw over 60 visitors enjoying the sunshine at the quarry as they tucked into freshly made pizzas from a wood fired pizza oven and refreshments. In the morning, the site welcomed 25 schoolchildren from nearby Whiteparish Primary School, who were invited on a school trip to have a tour of the site and learn about the industry. This educational visit forms part of our Community Matters Initiative which sees us providing and supporting industry learning opportunities within the communities in which we work.
The event welcomed families and all children were gifted with a mini hi-vis vest and goody bags. Children were also able to create their own sand creatures to take home and were provided with activities to complete, such as Biodiversity Bingo. Congratulations to our two Biodiversity Bingo winners, Emily and Alex who received a £15 book voucher each. Visitors were given guided tours by employees who are experts in the quarry, its history and nature conservation.
The event was free of charge to all visitors but through donations on the day, £50 was raised for the Whiteparish Memorial Trust.
Industry trade association, the Mineral Products Association (MPA) also attended, discussing with visitors the importance of sustainable development, biodiversity environmental protection and safety in and around quarries.
Steve Clasby, Chief Operating Officer commented: “We have an award winning site and it was a pleasure to be able to open it up to the local community and showcase our biodiversity and restoration. Judging by the feedback received, the event was hugely successful and provided guests with an opportunity to engage with our employees as well as providing them with an insight into our operations at Brickworth Quarry.”
Photos from the day can be found by clicking here.