How We Work

The Scottish Mines Restoration Trust works with others to bring solutions to the challenges and opportunities that old opencast sites can bring and facilitate others to find solutions for those challenges.

An independent non-profit making organisation, our role is to offer advice, expertise and where appropriate funding to facilitate the plans for restoration of derelict sites.

The Scottish Mines Restoration Trust has on its Board representatives of key stakeholders involved in the processes around opencast mines and the sites themselves. These include land management and ownership, planning and other regulations, financial and legal, plus the way communities can both benefit and find challenge with such issues. It also has expert help provided by environmental regulators and organisations as well as from non-Government Bodies with an interest in any aspect of the environment or other issues around opencast mining.

We assist local communities and their partners in rectifying problems by helping them identify and deliver funding for responsible restoration work, while facilitating constructive engagement with relevant authorities in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Project Advice

The Scottish Mines Restoration Trust has expertise in a number of specialist areas to ensure you have the best possible advice when developing a restoration project.

Whether you require assistance in property and planning law, guidance on project management, finance and commercial advice, or information on land and estates management, where appropriate in terms of our criteria for providing assistance we can draw on the services of industry experts and specialist consultants as well as our own dedicated executive team.