A QUARRY operating in one of the most sensitive areas of the Yorkshire Dales has won a double first prize in its efforts to encourage wildlife.
The Hanson Aggregates quarry at Horton-in-Ribblesdale, in the same area as the popular Three Peaks Walk and close to the famous Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, has won two tops awards in a nationwide competition overseen by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO).
It was first in the dry quarry class for its company sponsored conservation work and also in the community category, which encourages local people to do voluntary work to improve the environment of industrial areas for the benefit of birds and other wildlife.
Quarrying has long been a matter of controversy in national parks and the Hanson Group, which recently took over several North Yorkshire sites, sponsors the BTO-Hanson Bird Challenge.
The Horton quarry was the only Hanson site to feature in the awards. Other category winners included rival quarry groups, water supply companies, research institutes - and the massive Heysham power station on Morecambe Bay.