Members of a rural business organisation have been on site at a county surface mine to find out more about how its operators work with landowners.
A party from the Institute of Agricultural Secretaries and Administrators (IAgSA) visited regional employer Banks Mining’s Shotton surface mine near Cramlington to see for themselves how a modern surface mine operates and examine the work done on site.
The IAgSA party heard presentations on Banks’ operations at Shotton, including the creation of the nearby Northumberlandia landform, and also on the way in which the land used for the mine is managed and restored.
Daphne Henderson, a member of the Northumberland branch of IAgSA who was part of the visiting party, said: “All our members know this area well and travel past the Shotton site regularly, so getting the chance to see what it was like from the inside was a great opportunity for our group.
“The feedback I’ve had has been really positive.
“The relationships that our members have with commercial partners such as Banks have a great impact on the success of the businesses that they help to run, and the Institute aims to help them gain new insights through events like this which will assist them in their daily work.”
Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at The Banks Group, added: “It was useful to show the IAgSA visitors how this is being put into practice at our Shotton surface coal mine.”