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Historic Quarry Becomes A Nature Reserve


10:23am 16th August 2012

The man who created the Angel of the North sculpture is helping to breathe new life into a Portland Quarry.

The sculptor Anthony Gormley is involved with rejuvenating Tout Quarry.

Where we once excavated the world famous Portland Stone, now we'll be captivated by a wildlife haven.

Brian Bleese, Director of Operations at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “Tout Quarry is a wonderful place for people and wildlife.  Thanks to the support of Geoff Smith and Portland Stone Firms Ltd, DWT will be able to maintain it as an open access site for local people and visitors to enjoy.”


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Tim Clotworthy, Estates Manager of Portland Stone Firms Ltd, said:”We have been working very closely with Brian Bleese and his team at Dorset Wildlife Trust to complete the lease which will enable this old quarry to be protected and the wildlife value enhanced by the Trust for future generations to enjoy.”

The Portland Quarries Nature Park is an important legacy for Weymouth and Portland.

It'll provide shelter for nationally important colonies of Chalk Hill and small blue butterflies.

They'll be fluttering past rare Portland Hawkweed and lichens and will settle in the sun among scultures by the likes of Anthony Gormley and other LOCAL artists.

The reserve's open daily and it's free to visit.

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