The UK has a rich metal mining legacy with many thousands of abandoned and restored mines concentrated in areas such as Cornwall, The Pennines and Anglesey. Although former mines and quarries can be perceived as derelict or degraded sites of very little value to society they are often protected for the geological or ecological characteristics, or their place in our industrial heritage. Many sites have been restored for amenity use, agriculture, forestry and nature conservation, and those left unrestored have often developed rare habitats over time or provide an opportunity to learn about mining. Their geographical concentration mean that these mining landscapes continue to play an important role in the local area providing opportunities for employment, recreation, education and tourism. However, many unrestored former metal mines may also have an adverse impact on the environment and health, for example due to toxic metals or acid mine water generation and can negatively affect the visual amenity of the landscape. This paper explores how those living in mining landscapes value these sites and their views on their restoration, after uses and long term management. The restoration and management of mine sites should balance the needs of a range of stakeholders and considerations to reduce the risk of such sites whilst maximising potential benefits.
Sinnett, D. (2017, September). Mining landscapes as a cultural and environmental resource