2017 is an exciting year for the Institute of Quarrying as we celebrate our centenary. Given the momentous occasion we have planned an exciting calendar of events to take us throughout the year to give it the recognition it deserves.
It’s amazing how 100 years ago the vision of four quarry workers in Wales laid the foundations for a professional body to represent and support individuals working in the mineral extractives sector. Today IQ has grown into a global network with more than 5,000 members across 13 UK branches and international offices in Australia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Africa.
The jewel in the crown of our celebrations will undoubtedly be the IQ #QuarryGarden now confirmed as a show garden at the new RHS Chatsworth flower show taking place 7th-11th June 2017.
We are so excited to be working on a project of this scale. At the moment our garden will be the largest at Chatsworth so our participation in the show will create a strong positive message for the industry.
The #QuarryGarden has been designed to help everyone better appreciate the contribution that quarrying makes to our everyday life. In particular it will explore how quarry operators actively manage the environment for efficient production methods as well as to increase biodiversity and support wildlife.
Taking place in the heart of the picturesque Peak District, Chatsworth will be providing a stunning backdrop for the show. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the estate is celebrated for its landscape and art masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese.
The vision for the #QuarryGarden started over a year ago with the support of students from the horticultural college at Nottingham Trent University. They provided the initial inspiration for the design that has evolved with the guidance, knowledge and expertise of internationally acclaimed garden designer, Paul Hervey-Brookes. We certainly are in good hands as we work towards the show and launch our garden to the public.
The garden has a far-reaching narrative and there will be many people involved in our journey to Chatsworth. We look forward to sharing all of these individual stories with you as they develop.
Don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with all the latest #QuarryGarden news and if you are looking to get tickets or for more information in the show visit the RHS site.