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Lancashire Branch Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 30, 2017 2:34:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in Technical Evenings, Lancashire Branch, IQ Branches, members, Networking

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The Lancashire branch is in a region that covers some large towns and cities, including Carnforth, Bolton, Manchester, Stockport, Liverpool, Wigan and the Wirral. Our region is an extremely important source of limestone and also boasts some stunning natural landscapes, including the North Pennine Hills and Lake District.

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Devon and Cornwall Branch Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 31, 2017 2:33:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in Technical Evenings, Devon and Cornwall Branch, IQ Branches, members, Networking

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Home to one of the oldest slate quarries in England, Delabole Quarry, and renowned Cornish slate, the history of Devon and Cornwall’s quarrying activity stretches back to the late medieval period.

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North of England Branch Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 31, 2017 2:33:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in North of England Branch, Technical Evenings, IQ Branches, members, Networking

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The North of England (NE) branch of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) covers a vast geographical area, stretching from Berwick upon Tweed down to Teeside and across into Cumbria from Carlisle and down to Carnforth. The region boasts some stunning natural features such as the North Pennine Hills and the Lake District, which although are geologically fascinating prove complex to quarry.
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North Wales Branch Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 30, 2017 2:32:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in North Wales Branch, Technical Evenings, IQ Branches, members, Networking

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Covering a wide mix of geology including limestone, slate, sand, granite and gravel and the original home of the Institute of Quarrying, North Wales is a hugely significant region for the quarrying industry.
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Midlands Branch Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2017 2:32:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in Technical Evenings, Midlands Branch, members, Networking

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Home to some of the country's largest and most productive rock quarries, a scattering of beautiful restored sites, and the Institute of Quarrying’s headquarters, the Midlands is a hotbed of quarrying activity and one of the country’s key regions for the industry.  Here the quarrying industry represents about 15 percent of the UK's total output, with most of those minerals exported from the region to other parts of the country.

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Northern Ireland Branch Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 30, 2017 2:31:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in Northern Ireland Branch, Technical Evenings, members, Networking

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Northern Ireland is one of the most diverse geological areas in the world for its size. The province has Lough Neagh at its centre with various rivers flowing into and out of it, the Upper and Lower Bann being the main river originating in the Mourne mountains, flowing through Lough Neagh to the north coast where it enters the North Atlantic ocean. Sand for the contracting and construction industries is dredged from Lough Neagh.

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Derbyshire Branch Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 31, 2017 2:31:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in Derbyshire Branch, CPD, Technical Evenings, members

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Home to an abundance of geological features, a rich history, and the internationally renowned Hillhead exhibition, Derbyshire boasts a thriving quarrying community that attracts visitors from all over the world. Indeed, the Buxton-based show drew a record breaking 18,655 visitors from 71 countries to last year’s exhibition, underlining its status as the world’s premier event for the mineral products, construction equipment and recycling industries.
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Yorkshire Branch Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 28, 2017 2:28:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in Yorkshire Branch, Technical Evenings, members, Networking

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As the UK’s largest county and the home to two National Parks, Yorkshire is visually and geologically one of the most diverse regions in the whole country, with a rich industrial history of mining and quarrying from Roman times through to the Industrial Revolution. In fact, Jackdaw Quarry, which supplied stone down the River Ouse to the encampment at York during the Roman era, is still operating today some 2,000 years later!
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Scottish Branch Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 31, 2017 2:28:00 PM / by Sarah Fry posted in Scottish Branch, Technical Evenings, members, Networking

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As IQ’s biggest region in the UK, the Scottish branch covers a staggering 31,000 square miles, with quarrying taking place all the way from Shetland in the north to Dumfries and Galloway in the south and spanning most of the major islands. Our region is also home to Glensanda, the largest granite quarry in Europe, which supplies the north of the continent by sea via the largest, self discharging, aggregate carrying vessels in the world.

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