19 April 2017
Year 5 visit to Whatley Quarry
Question: When is a hill not a hill? Answer: When it has a very big hole in it! That is certainly the case with Whatley Quarry, from the outside it looks like a raised bank planted with trees sitting on the top of the Mendip Hills, but when you peer over the screen bank you find a large hole, 2km by 1km and 120 metres deep. The children learned about different uses of limestone ranging from being added to feed for chickens to make their eggs stronger to supplying millions of tons of stone for the building of Hinkley Point 3 and the HS2 project. The visit also covered the environmental impact of digging out so much rock; a very interesting and eduactional day!