The Duke of Devonshire has been announced as patron of the Institute of Quarrying (IQ) in its centenary year, in support of the positive impact the quarrying industry has in Derbyshire and beyond.
IQ represents professionals working in quarrying and minerals extractives. Its centenary is an opportunity to showcase to the public the progress that this essential sector has made in its operations and accountability over the last 100 years.
The Duke said: “I am honoured to take on the position of centenary patron for the Institute of Quarrying. Derbyshire enjoys a rich history of mining and a thriving quarrying community, which spans many generations. It’s a big part of our region’s identity and our economy.
“I look forward to celebrating this in my capacity as patron over the course of the year and I am particularly pleased that I will also get to enjoy the IQ Quarry Garden so close to home in the summer.”
Miles Watkins is President of IQ. He adds: “The Duke’s patronage in this our 100th year is great news for IQ and its members and we are very appreciative of his support. 2017 promises to be a very exciting year for our members, with a number of major partnerships including the National Memorial Arboretum and the Royal Horticultural Society.”
IQ is investing in a major programme of public-facing communications throughout 2017, the highlight of which is a show garden called ‘Quarry Garden’, created by award winning designer Paul Hervey-Brookes, at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in June.