July 2, 2008

New Funding for Huntley Quarry

By Sarah Webb

Paths and handrails will be installed at Huntley Quarry thanks to cash from environmental trusts.

Gloucestershire Environmental Trust and Cory Environmental Trust have given pounds49,755.41 for the work at the quarry.

Over the coming year, Gloucestershire Geology Trust, the body responsible for the quarry, will provide three new interpretation panels, improve paths in the reserve and build wooden steps and handrails on its steepest parts.

A spokeswoman from the Gloucestershire Geology Trust said: "It is an exciting project which will see major improvements to the Huntley Quarry Geological Reserve."

Gloucestershire Environmental Trust donated pounds20,000 and Cory Environmental Trust gave pounds29,755.41 to the quarry.

Geological exposures will also be cleaned and in one case re- exposed, ecological habitats will be improved and a pond made to increase and encourage bio-diversity.

Huntley Quarry contains the only known exposure of the Huntley Quarry Beds.

The volcanic sediments have only just been dated and are now thought to be 445 to 439 million years old.

The ultimate aim of the work is to highlight, interpret and conserve an extremely important and accessible part of Gloucestershire's heritage.

A new May Hill guide leaflet will also be made to explain the views seen from the summit.

There will also be Rock and Fossil Roadshows, walks around the reserve and talks explaining the geology at Huntley Quarry.

All these are free to the public and details can be found at www.glosgeotrust.org.uk.

Huntley Quarry Geological Reserve is free and open to the public at all times.

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