'Its a Hole - A big, big Hole' 

Brian Kerr looks at the huge impact the excavation industry has had on the Bedfordshire landscape – from the clay used at the brickworks, to chalk and sandstone quarrying across the county.

'The geology of Bedfordshire has provided resources for a variety of extraction industries over a long period, the best known being the brick clay workings of the Marston Vale. Additionally there are other less well known mining and quarry operations winning coprolites, Fullers Earth and industrial sand  from the land.  This has left the county with a residue of abandoned mining sites which are now important as brown field development areas, nature reserves, and  leisure facilities.  This presentation includes a discussion of the hard rock quarrying of chalk and sandstone; the sand and quarrying industry based in Leighton Buzzard; and other extraction industries have influenced Bedfordshire and the future for these sites. The talk will be illustrated with illustrations from the County.'

Talks are approx. 1 hour long, with time for questions. 

As there is a cost involved in putting on the Learning Lunchtime talks, donations to the Forest of Marston Vale are much appreciated. Parking charges also apply. Friends of the Forest get free parking all year round* at the Forest Centre - click here for more information


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