Year 7 went to Longstone Edge to
conduct field work for their Geography projects and for once we were lucky with
the weather! The aim of the project is to investigate the impact of the
quarrying by Glebe Mine on Longstone Edge.
Glebe Mines is the only producer of indigenous
fluorspar in the UK. The economic impact
has to be assessed by the pupils, as well as investigating the environmental
damage the quarrying causes. It is a chance for the older students to consider
whether the economic or the environmental arguments are the strongest in the Peak
national Park and how any conflicts can be solved.
The children walked up onto the Edge, enjoying
the views, before comparing three sites of open cast mining in various states
of work. After a scenic lunch, looking over Great Longstone village and Monsal
Head, we strolled back to school, conducting a land use survey and just finding
enough time for an ice cream stop. The data will now be used as the basis for a
thorough project write up which will take up the first part of the Michaelmas