Harehope Quarry

LAND Demonstration Network
LAND Centre
Supported Project

Harehope Quarry is a former limestone quarry in Weardale, Co. Durham.  Our work aims to promote a more sustainable future through education, course, events and the projects that we deliver on site.

About the project

Harehope Quarry is a former limestone quarry in Weardale, Co. Durham. The quarry is a Local Wildlife Site with areas of wet woodland, species-rich limestone grassland and ponds and rivers. The site is renowned for its exposures of Frosterley Marble as well as characteristic features of limestone geology, including Jacob’s Pot.

The quarry is managed to promote biodiversity, provide some permissive access and encourage outdoor learning through educational visits, courses and events. Facilities at Harehope Quarry include:
• Purpose-built outdoor classroom
• Dedicated bushcraft/Forest School site
• Outdoor cooking facilities
• Outdoor play and delivery area
• Workshop (summer 2019)

Project Dates
Project start date: 
January, 1998
Project Detailed Information
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Harehope Quarry Project can accommodate up to 40 people
Areas of Activity: 
New build
About area of activity: 
There is a straw bale workshop on site and 2 timber post and beam Segal buildings.
Permaculture Details: 
The Harehope Quarry Project was set up shortly before 2 co-op members attended an introductory and full Permaculture design course so Permaculture principles and methods were incorporated into the design as the project has developed. Observation of the site and interaction with the site were undertaken for several years before the project started to develop. The design incorporates producing and storing our own energy, growing food using raised beds, a polytunnel and an embryonic forest garden, grazing animals to improve the biodiversity of our woodland and limestone grassland areas, an aquaculture project and a Walter Segal self-build project utilising renewable sources and services and producing very little waste. The project has had to work creatively to sustain itself and responds to changes as they have occurred. When resources have been available they have always had multiple uses. We are currently reviewing how we function and again Permaculture design principles will inform our decisions.
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Project Contact Details
Contact Name: 
Jill Essam
Telephone number: 
07807 002032
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Project membership
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Member Project known date: 
13 January 2012
Data transfer from previous site
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