Celebrating 16 Years Partnership with Groundwork East

Celebrating 16 Years Partnership with Groundwork East

February 08, 2024
Groundwork East are a charity working across the East of England to create stronger, healthier communities, responsible business and greater prospects for local people. They are also one of Cemex UK’s Social Impact partners and this year we are celebrating our 16 year partnership.

During this time both primary and secondary schools in the Hatfield area have participated in an educational programme designed to help students learn more about why we quarry and the lifecycle of a quarry.

The partnership has brought immersive educational experiences to over 2,000 children, fostering a deeper understanding of quarrying, local industry, wildlife conservation, and geology. The programme for all schools involved includes a visit to Hatfield Quarry and Amwell Nature Reserve, as well as two classroom sessions.

Visits to our quarry give children the opportunity to learn about the industry, through exploring and comparing a working quarry to a quarry which has been restored as a nature reserve. Activities during these sessions include fossil making, bird watching, sketching and role playing and debates. The activities allow the children to learn about the process of quarrying, the impact of this industry on local wildlife and gain knowledge about local geology and the formation of fossils. Over the years, the children have taken great interest in learning about their local area and this offer to schools has always been welcomed, being a great way of meeting many requirements of the National Curriculum.

In 2024, Groundwork East have planned this programme with six more local schools: Birchwood Avenue Primary, Howe Dell Primary, Oak View Primary, Green Lanes Primary, St Philip Howard Primary and Onslow St Audrey Secondary School. The students are looking forward to the visits and developing their knowledge.