Needingworth quarry community page

Hello future

On 02 October 2023 we rebranded to Heidelberg Materials. As well as aligning with our parent company, our new name better reflects the company we are today.

We’re focused on driving down carbon emissions, increasing the use of recycled materials to grow the circular economy and leading our industry towards net zero with innovative projects such as carbon capture and storage.

Some of the new Heidelberg Materials signage and vehicle livery is already in place and we hope to have completed this within the next two years. Please note that our email and website details have also changed.

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About the quarry

Needingworth Quarry in Cambridgeshire is one of the largest sand and gravel extraction sites in the UK. It covers an area of approximately 975 hectares and lies three miles east of St Ives, adjacent to the Great Ouse river.

Extraction began in 1995 and will span more than 30 years, during which time 28 million tonnes of sand and gravel will be removed. The restoration will be phased to create Britain’s biggest reedbed (460 hectares), along with open meres, wet scrub and grassland, within a 700 hectare nature reserve. The quarry employs 9 people directly and supports a number of others including contractors and drivers.

Wetland creation at Needingworth quarry, Cambridgeshire

Over the coming years Hanson will progressively donate further small parcels of land as sand and gravel extraction is completed. The RSPB will manage and develop this land for nature conservation. When the final area is handed over, the Ouse Fen Nature Reserve will be complete. The dream will have become reality.

Read about the wetland creation project at Needingworth 

Hanson-RSPB Wetland Project

The Hanson-RSPB Wetland Project is an ambitious partnership project that will deliver the RSPB Ouse Fen nature reserve in Cambridgeshire. 

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Nature reserve to double in size

A further 96 hectares of restored land at Needingworth in Cambridgeshire has been handed over to the RSPB as part of a 30-year partnership project to create a wildlife nature reserve from a working sand and gravel quarry. 

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Charitable funding

Below is a list of charitable funding by Needingworth quarry during the year:

  • Huntingdonshire Philharmonic - £250 donation
  • St John the Baptist Church, Baston - £250 donation
  • Needingworth Village Hall - £200 donation to Music Festival
  • Holywell-cum-Needingworth Gardening Club - £100 donation
  • Over Carnival - £200 donation

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Project to connect with wild greenspace at Needingworth quarry

A project to connect communities with local wildlife at our Needingworth sand and gravel quarry has been selected as one of just six schemes in the UK to participate in the fifth round of our biodiversity competition, the Quarry Life Award.

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Wetland project is tour highlight

Needingworth quary's wetland restoration partnership with the RSPB was centre stage during a ligh-level visit to the Cambridgeshire site.

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Special investment at Needingworth Quarry to safeguard water voles

Water voles have become the latest protected species needing special investment to safeguard at Needingworth quarry.

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The RSPB celebrates National Volunteer's' Week

As it is National Volunteers’ Week, here is a special interview with Ouse Fen and Fen Drayton Lakes volunteer Rick Harrison.

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Watch a video that includes interviews with some of the Ouse Fen volunteers.

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A behind the scenes look at BBC Countryfile’s visit to RSPB Wetland Project

A behind the scenes blog post and photos about the day that Countryfile visited Ouse Fen. 

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Rescue responses are put to the test

Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue carried out a series of training exercises at Needingworth quarry.

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Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue Training Day at Needingworth Quarry

On Sunday 1st of October 2017 members of the Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue volunteer group were welcomed to Needingworth quarry by Hanson to carry out a number of training exercises on the site. 

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Chinese delegation visit to RSPB Wetland Project

A senior delegation from Shanghai, China, recently visited the Hanson-RSPB Wetland Project at Ouse Fen to see the reedbed and wetland habitat creation as part of their visit to the UK. The visit included Directors from the Shanghai Chongming Dongtan National Nature Reserve, itself a large wetland reserve, and they were keen to see flagship projects which are examples of the RSPB working with the construction industry to create new nature reserves.

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Moving Earth to create Heaven

Article published in Natures's Home Magazine

James Lowen visits RSPB Ouse Fen to find out how, with the help of Hanson Aggregates, we've been turning a quarry site into a wildlife paradise... 

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Site liaison

Hilton Law - Cambridgeshire Unit Manager

Tel: 01487 849026 / 07773 313194

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Hanson RSPB Wetland Project Walking trails

There are reserve trails connecting to a network of existing paths for lots of walking options.

RSPB Barleycroft and Reedbed trail

Needingworth Nature Reserve to Barleycroft Lake trail


We advertise our opportunities on the Heidelberg Materials website, leading online job boards and in print media. 

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Needingworth quarry opens its doors for biodiversity competition

Our Needingworth sand and gravel quarry, is among the sites participating in the fifth round of our biodiversity competition, the Quarry Life Award.

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Community visits

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