Merriman Makes Community Contribution

Land and remediation specialist Merriman Limited is paving the way towards the opening of a visitor attraction on the site of a former colliery tip in the East Midlands.

Merriman picked up the ‘SOS call’ from a consortium of local charities wanting to add value to a community hit by the loss of its main, mining industry. By creating a new country park and visitors’ centre at the former Annesley Colliery, in Nottinghamshire.

Since being chosen as principal contractor for the project last year, Merriman has helped to make the site safe and useable once more through careful remediation of the colliery spoil land, turning the colliery lagoons into angling lakes, and co-ordinating the building of the eco visitors’ centre – a unique construction that used nearly 1,200 recycled tyres packed with earth to form the main retaining wall.

With just a few finishing touches needed, Merriman has stepped forward once more, donating £3,750 to Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire to help towards the completion of the country park project.

Michael Merriman, Managing Director of Merriman Limited, said: “Our long-standing involvement in community projects at the former Annesley colliery has been extremely rewarding for everyone at Merriman, and it will be great to see the country park and visitors’ centre come alive as a community facility and regional attraction once it is completed.

“This area of the Midlands has lost its traditional industry, and we worked alongside many volunteers on site who would have, just a few years ago, been employed in mining. Through projects such as the creation of the country park, we hope new visitors will be attracted to the area, helping to diversify the local economy and create new opportunities for employment.”

Rob Crowder, Chief Executive of RCAN, said: “This has been a very exciting project and we could not have managed to get this far without the help and support of Merriman Limited. I hope that we can continue to work together to finish it off and open this fantastic facility.”

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