For many members of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ), one of the main benefits is networking with industry professionals at local branch events, with the value of sharing knowledge, experiences and advice second to none.
The Scottish branch of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) ended 2018 on a high, winning the coveted President’s Branch Trophy for the first time in its history. With just one branch covering a staggering 31,000 square miles, the enthusiastic application and effort in its promotion of quarrying, despite geographical challenges, impressed the panel of IQ board members.
The Institute of Quarrying (IQ) has a comprehensive UK network of 13 regional branches covering Derbyshire, Devon and Cornwall, Lancashire, London and the Home Counties, Midlands, North of England, North Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Wales, West of England, West Midlands and Yorkshire.
Gary Langton FIQ is the Chairman of the London & Home Counties branch of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ). He has been chosen as our ‘Member of the Month’ for November.
Our regional focus this month looks towards Northern Ireland. Craigantlet-based Stuart Wickie, Shotfirer and Explosives Supervisor atOrica BQS Ltd,has been put forward asthe Institute of Quarrying’s (IQ) Member of the Month.
North Wales is a hugely significant region for the quarrying industry. Covering a wide mix of geology including limestone, slate, sand, granite and gravel, it is also the original home of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ).
The history of quarrying activity in Devon & Cornwall stretches back to the late medieval period. The region is unique with a variety of minerals. These include Ball Clay, Kaolin, Tungsten, hard rock, sand and gravel, as well as tin; all of which need quarrying skills and expertise.
The IQ Lancashire branch is in a region that covers some large towns and cities, including Carnforth, Bolton, Manchester, Stockport, Liverpool, Wigan and the Wirral. It is also an extremely important source of limestone and boasts some stunning natural landscapes, including the North Pennine Hills and Lake District.
Yorkshire is the UK’s largest county. Home to two National Parks, it is visually and geologically one of the most diverse regions in the whole country and has a rich industrial history of mining and quarrying from Roman times through to the Industrial Revolution.
Covering a staggering 31,000 square miles, the Scottish branch of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) is the biggest region in the UK. It is also home to Glensanda, the largest granite quarry in Europe, as well as some of the oldest rocks in the world.