The legacy of Wales’s opencast mining past: the precarious restoration situation

Published 09/07/2024   |   Reading Time minutes

This research briefing explores policy and practical issues relating to the restoration of opencast mining sites in Wales.

It looks at the history of restoration provisions and the challenges these brought, and outlines the Welsh context, touching on planning policy and best practice guidance. It examines the restoration picture across Wales and sets out the situation relating to a number of opencast mining sites, including Wales’s last opencast site – Ffos y Fran in Merthyr Tydfil.

Article by Chloe Corbyn, Senedd Research, Welsh Parliament