Opencast mining: Filling the void

Too many opencast mines have been left without money to restore them after the owners went out of business. Some firms have specialised in rescuing these sites, but more needs to be done to safeguard restoration funds. Jez Abbot reports

by Jez Abbott
Northumberlandia, known as the Lady of the North, is an award-winning £3m project created using clay and soil from the Shotton surface mine. Photograph: Chris/Flickr
Northumberlandia, known as the Lady of the North, is an award-winning £3m project created using clay and soil from the Shotton surface mine. Photograph: Chris/Flickr

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