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Groundsure’s 2020 Christmas charity support

2020 was an incredibly tough year for many with COVID-19 hitting everyone hard, with some people being more affected than others. Specifically, the charity sector took a severe blow, which would have a huge knock-on effect on those desperately in need. This Christmas Groundsure and Mining Searches UK decided that, rather than overindulging with mince...

China Clay Mining

The St. Austell area in Cornwall is famous for its association with china clay where rich deposits of Kaolin have been mined over the centuries. The mines have been so ingrained into the Cornish economy that pretty much everybody in the local area either worked for companies involved in the china clay industry or had...

We’re delighted to be collaborating with the BGS on an exciting project 

Groundsure are pleased to announce we have won investment from Innovate UK for the national development of a brownfield decision support tool, building on the award-winning research of the British Geological Survey. This project will enable land purchasers, their legal team, developers and consultants to de-risk their acquisitions and provide up-front knowledge of issues and...

Groundsure and HOT Mapping

Firstly, what exactly is HOT Mapping? HOT stands for Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. HOT mapping is collaboration mapping for humanitarian aid across the world – reaching those in need through maps, using OpenStreetMap as a base for all projects. Unlike in this country, where you can go to your local bookshop and pick up a high...

Cornwall’s hidden treasure

We are delighted to hear of the positive outlook for reserves of metalliferous bearing mineral veins as discovered during this latest exploration phase by Cornish Metals in and around the area of St Day in west Cornwall. In the early days of Mining Searches UK, in the late 1970s to early 1980s we carried out...

Is your local golf course really what it appears to be?

It’s a crisp Saturday morning, you’re out with a few friends for a round of golf. What’s the first thing that comes to mind? A few hours peace and quiet? What you’ll be cooking for dinner that evening? It probably isn’t “I wonder what this golf course used to be”….. Unless of course you are...

Regional Spotlight: Historical land contamination in Yorkshire

Yorkshire has a rich and diverse history, which goes as far back as the Vikings, the Angles and the Romans. Yorkshire was a hub of industrialisation, with industries such as textiles, coal, iron and steel forming the base of the industrial revolution in Yorkshire, and the north of England1. The remnants of this rapid urbanisation...

Ceri Sansom discusses the National Archives WW1 report

Sometimes it’s interesting to have a different perspective and recently I was reintroduced to Historic England’s First World War National Factories Assessment (2015). It takes a historical perspective on the development of the nationally operated factories from World War 1.  They chart the social changes and architectural developments of the time, as well as being...