Restoration

All mines cause temporary visual impact to some degree. Galantas seeks to minimise that temporary impact as far as practicable. Natural landforms and landscaping restricts open views of the site to one main direction. Some 27, 500 trees have been planted on site boundaries and at strategic locations. Stockpiles have been covered with soil and vegetated - this is a temporary measure. The site will be permanently restored and carried out as far as possible on an ongoing basis. The open pit has been partially back filled. Some of the surplus rock (produced by natural swell when the rock is broken) has been integrated into the local aggregates industry.

The restoration work is carried out according to an approved restoration plan'. The blueprint for restoration has been produced with extensive local consultation. To minimise impact, the restoration plan, with planning consent conditions, manages operating hours, number of vehicles, road improvements and other matters. The completion of the plan will restore the site to upland grassland with woodland and wetland.

The plan was based upon a full Environmental Impact Assessment. The planning permit relating to underground mining and surface restoration has been granted and was confirmed by Judicial Review in Belfast High Court and later in the Court Of Appeal.