SK4067 : Grassmoor Country Park (Grassmoor Lagoons)

taken 2 years ago, near to Temple Normanton, Derbyshire, Great Britain

Grassmoor Country Park (Grassmoor Lagoons)
Grassmoor Country Park (Grassmoor Lagoons)
This north-westerly facing photograph was taken inside an area of land referred to as the Grassmoor Lagoons. It was taken when a group from the 'Friends of Grassmoor Country Park' were invited to examine the remediation work carried out thus far. I was fortunate enough to be invited along by a member of the group.

The photograph is looking toward an area of developing marsh land and, beyond the fence, the Grassmoor Golf Centre. The red material in the foreground is burnt shale LinkExternal link . To the immediate right is one of two locked gates providing access to the site.

Grassmoor Country Park occupies much of the site of a colliery and training centre that closed between 1967 and 1971 LinkExternal link LinkExternal link LinkExternal link . When the mine ceased operations some landscaping took place, however large quantities of toxic coal tar sludge were piped into lagoons from the Avenue Coking Plant. These lagoons were behind and to the left of the viewpoint.

When the coking plant closed in 1993 Derbyshire County Council inherited the site and in 2010 work began to clear the contaminated land LinkExternal link . Although at the time of writing (March 2018) the landscaping has been completed it is anticipated that the area will not be available for public use until some time between 2019 and 2022 because of continuing problems relating to the contamination. These include contaminated surface areas and issues that are producing contaminated water.

For a photograph taken from a track leading down toward the marsh and looking back across the site, click here SK4067 : Grassmoor Country Park (Grassmoor Lagoons).
For a photograph showing the developing marsh, click here:- SK4067 : Grassmoor Country Park (Grassmoor Lagoons).
For a photograph that shows a contaminated surface area, click here:- SK4067 : Grassmoor Country Park (Grassmoor Lagoons).
For a photograph taken a few metres behind the viewpoint and looking in the opposite direction, click here SK4067 : Grassmoor Country Park (Grassmoor Lagoons).
For a photograph taken a few metres to the right on the other side of the fence, click here SK4167 : Grassmoor Country Park.

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Note that although the remediation work to remove the lagoons was completed in 2015 the OS map still showed them in situ in March 2018.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 21 February, 2018   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 20 March, 2018
Geographical Context
Grassland  Park and Public Gardens  Waste, Waste management 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4084 6796 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:12.4288N 1:23.3995W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 4094 6779
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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