St Aidans: an intelligent recovery

In 1988, St Aidans opencast coal mine was so badly flooded that it remained closed for ten years. Robert Nicholson explains what happened and how the journey to a successful recovery was implemented

The former opencast coal mine at St Aidans near Leeds has been fully restored. It is now open for activities such as walking, cycling and horse riding. Credit: Harworth Estates
The former opencast coal mine at St Aidans near Leeds has been fully restored. It is now open for activities such as walking, cycling and horse riding. Credit: Harworth Estates

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