Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Biggest Tip in Europe

Here are some views of the colliery waste tip.
It was once the biggest man made tip in Europe.
In the late 1950's children from all the local secondary schools planted a tree on the tip.
The colliery waste was now being transported up to the new tip in Bedwellty by way of mechanical buckets
(still looking for photos of this)
which went over head - right over the main road that runs through the village up past the old Secondary Modern School and onto the new tip.
Later they changed the buckets to an enclosed conveyor belt which you can see in some of the other photos as a white snake running up from the colliery
Here is my attempt at a panorama photo but you can see the join!!
Below that is a picture of the tip from Gelligaer which is about 5 miles away

Here to the right you can see that they have already started to remove some of the coal waste as part of the reclamation scheme.
This photo was taken from on top of what was the new tip extension at Bedwellty


At 12:39 pm, Blogger Welsh Girl's Allotment said...

Fantastic photos,can't wait to see more !!


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