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Cononish Gold Mine : Landscape Clerk of Works

LocationTyndrum, Scotland

ClientScotgold Resources

StatusCurrently underway

Scotgold are developing a gold mine in the mountainside above the Cononish Glen, near Tyndrum. Ultimately the expected yield will be 5 tonnes of gold, extracted over the 15 year life of the mine. Working with Dalgleish Associates and Direct Ecology, we are part of the clerk of works team that monitors methods of work and restoration, guiding the site team so that stringent standards of environmental protection and landscape restoration are met within this sensitive National Park location.

A new bridge over the Crom Allt near Tyndrum has been constructed to serve the mine. The Crom Allt is part of the European designation River Tay Special Area for Conservation, important for salmon, otter, sea lampreys and freshwater pearl mussels; great care in construction design and operations was needed.

On the mine site, we have been inspecting bulk earthworks and drainage works for the new process plant, settlement lagoons and tailings stacks. The preservation of turf and peat, protection of vegetation, silt protection measures and landscape reinstatement works are regularly inspected to ensure rapid revegetation of worked areas and safeguarding of peat deposits.

Careful turf stripping of the process plant site, for re-use on restored slopes above.

View of Beinn Chuirn with the gold mine visible on the lower slopes.