A research project being conducted by Cranfield University and Grange Top quarry (Ketton) has been selected to compete in the UK section of the 2016 HeidelbergCement Quarry Life Award competition. It is one of only five successful projects in the UK.

A Cranfield MSc student, Karolina Krystyna Golicz, will study the health of restored quarry top soil with a view to improving biodiversity and the ecosystem services provided by the quarry.

Dr Mark Pawlett, Research Fellow Soil Microbial Ecology, who will be supervising Karolina said: “This project will help us to understand how the soil at Grange Top can be restored in the best possible condition. We will be studying local soils alongside the topsoil that has been in storage to see how changes in composition can be reversed or ‘engineered’.”

The Quarry Life Award is an international research competition focused on biodiversity protection and management. The 2016 competition raised strong interest from students and researchers across the globe with more than 450 proposals from 22 countries put forward.

The top five selected from each country, including the Grange Top project, will carry out their field research this summer. Final reports will be submitted at the end of September, with the best three being awarded cash prizes of up to €5,000.

An international jury, which will include experts from conservation and environmental groups, will reward the top projects with prizes of up to €30,000 in December.

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Ketton Quarry

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About Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.