Planning, developments and enhancing biodiversity

Most developers, councils and people do not want to harm biodiversity, however, it remains threatened in the UK. National drives for new developments and affordable housing have been a major contributor for habitat and biodiversity loss within the UK. Biodiversity is the variety of life on earth in all its forms and all its interactions,...

Urban mining in and around Plymouth

The saying goes something like, “If I had a pound for every time someone told me that there is no mining here, I would be a rich man”. Well, in this latest blog I want to dispel the idea that Plymouth in Devon is an area where the legacy of historic mining activity has not...

Health and safety – it’s all in the detail

Health and safety in a site investigation is a key part of the design and provision of any type of ground investigation, be it geotechnical or contaminated land assessment. The standard text to help determine what the appropriate provision for personnel has been provided for many years by the British Drillers Association (BDA), with the...

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...

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...

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...