Quarrying is an operation that, by its nature, has an impact on the countryside. We at Smiths accept our responsibility to minimise that impact and we set high operating standards. But quarrying also has the potential to benefit the environment in a number of positive ways. Our products contribute to a better built environment, and the sites we restore often create a better natural environment than existed previously.

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Case study: Lower Windrush Valley Project

The Lower Windrush Valley Project was set up in the 1990s by Oxfordshire County Council and West Oxfordshire District Council, with the aim of developing  a co-ordinated environmental strategy for the Lower Windrush valley which has been and continues to be, extensively worked for minerals.

The project works closely with mineral operators, landowners and the community to co-ordinate, implement and help manage projects that improve the landscape, biodiversity and public access of the project area.

The valley comprises 28km2 of West Oxfordshire, incorporating the flood plain of the River Windrush between Witney and its confluence with the Thames at Newbridge. Smiths' Gill Mill gravel pit is a key operation within the area.

Smiths has made significant financial donations to the project, and worked closely with project officers, both as mineral operator and landowner in the valley. It has also procured land to form part of the long distance footpath along the Windrush between Witney and the Thames, the completion of which is a key objective of the project.

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