Filling the void and allaying fears

Too many opencast mines have been left without money to restore them after the owners went out of business. Some firms have specialised in rescuing these sites, but more needs to be done to safeguard restoration funds. Jez Abbott reports

by Jez Abbott
Northumberlandia is an award-winning example of what restoration can achieve. Photograph: Chris/Flickr
Northumberlandia is an award-winning example of what restoration can achieve. Photograph: Chris/Flickr

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