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Assessment of Greenside Mine

Eden District Council has received a grant from the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to assess the scale and nature of the impact from the mine both to the environment and also to people accessing and using the site.

Greenside Mine is a very important part of the history of Glenridding. As a Scheduled Ancient Monument it is recognised as a site of national historical importance. The area is also designated a Special Area of Conservation as recognition that the site is of European ecological importance.

During its operational life the mine produced waste materials from the extraction and processing of the lead ore. Much of this waste has remained on the site and the metals contained within this material may be leaching into the streams and impacting on the flora and fauna.

This investigation will include the collection of soil, grass and water samples in order that the metal content can be analysed and assessed. The collection of samples will not require the use of any machinery or large equipment since they will all be collected by hand. The project will run for twelve months in order that a comprehensive picture of the site can be developed.

The Council has been working closely with Lake District National Park Authority, Environment Agency, National Trust, Natural England and English Heritage in order to ensure that this work has no detrimental impact on the site.

Further information

  • Contact: Contaminated Land Officer:
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 01768 212490
  • Address: Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 7YG
Greenside Mine

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