Opportunities

Restored sites could be used in a number of innovate ways, whether it be for commercial purposes, environmental gain or to enhance a local community.

The creation of a special wildlife habitat is one such opportunity, with the potential to introduce new flora and encourage biodiversity, wader scrapes, or stretches of water that would support migratory birds and boost peat lands.

Old mines can be transformed into recreational sites with woodland, footpaths, cycle ways, water sports, or mountain bike courses built to bring the land back into the community. Likewise, there is the opportunity for fishing ponds and bridleways to create a harmonious and family-led environment.

Former open-cast sites have the potential to be used for business purposes, with many ideal for wind farms, landfill, solar panel parks or hydro generation plants. Other alternative uses could include for housing developments, retail parks, industrial estates or as an outdoor adventure activity centre.