Secondary school resources

Quarrying on the Common

Arial view of common


Following the decision to return 750 hectares of the airbase back to heathland, it was agreed that the runways should be removed (see Runway Activity).

In addition, it was recognised that those areas that had been contaminated by aviation fuels leaking from the tanks and pipework needed to be treated - ‘remediated’, before the public could enter and wildlife could be promoted. This created the opportunity to reprofile the site, create new habitats and to extract minerals as part of the process. The resources below tell the story of how this was achieved and the challenges that needed to be overcome.


Media Files

Quarrying Reprofiling and gravel - movie

Quarrying Reprofiling
and gravel - Movie

Flash File


Quarrying Lower Farm - movie

Quarrying Lower
Farm - Movie

Flash File


Impact Tarmac

Impact Tarmac

Flash File


Tarmac Ltd Presentation

Tarmac Ltd

Power Point Presentation
Please note this is a 4mb file


RelAted Website Links

New Greenham Park - Sustainability

Greenham Common Trust was granted the Queen‘s Award For Enterprise: Sustainable Development, for its work in creating a sustainable commercial development.


Teachers' GuideTeachers' Guide for this Activity

Zipped FileMedia. Downloads and Plugin Guide