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The centre of Cornwall, to the north of St Austell, is dominated by the China Clay mining area. Large white tips of spoil are typical of this area and have been for many years. Many of the original conical tips have been re-landscaped and many now have re-colonised with heathland vegetation. Much of the heathland area is SSSI (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) status. Some woodland, in the form of shelter / landscaping belts, was planted some 30 years ago.
The china clay company, IMERYS are the owners of most of the china clay area. With support from DEFRA, English Nature, Forestry Commission, and the district and county councils, IMERYS have now taken on a major landscaping scheme on their land to:
Funding for the scheme has been provided by the above organisations, with a further £2.4M from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The whole project is expected to contribute 12% of the UK BAP target.
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