West Yorkshire Geology Trust

West Yorksihre Geology Trust is a voluntary group of about 20 active members, protecting West Yorkshire's geodiversity sites and promoting geology for the general public.

Objective 1 (Theme 1)

Foster research

  • Permian geology of the Boston Spa area
    Researching the Permian of the Boston Spa area, particularly to find an exposure of the Hampole Beds, an important marker band.

Objective 2 (Theme 2)

Recognition in policy

  • Preventing threats to Local Geological Sites
    Good relationships with planning departments in five local authorities in West Yorkshire mean the West Yorkshire Geology Trust is informed of threats to Local Geological Sites.

Objective 3 (Theme 2)

Demonstrate relevance to sustainable development

  • Local Nature Partnership
    West Yorkshire Geolgy Trust have attended meetings to consider the development of a Local Nature Partnership.

Objective 5 (Theme 3)

Establish audit

  • Local Geological Sites database
    Regular updating of database of Local Geological Sites in West Yorkshire. New sites surveys in the Wakefield area, using our volunteers. Plan to improve present database so that it is a searchable.

Objective 6 (Theme 4)

Conserve through sites and areas

  • Contribution to Local Sites Partnership
    We attend West Yorkshire Local Sites Partnership meetings. West Yorkshire Geology Trust lead the sub-committee for Local Geological Sites and plan to designate several more sites this year.

Objective 7 (Theme 4)

Maintain and enhance through management

  • Management of Local Geological Sites
    West Yorkshire Geology Trust encourages local authorities to manage their Local Geological Sites. Consultation occurs with Countryside Services in the local authorities about management of several Local Geological Sites. Boston Spa Parish Council has improved one Local Geological Site. Consulted with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust about one Local Geological Site.

Objective 8 (Theme 4)

Share good practice

  • Johnsons Wellfield Quarries
    West Yorkshire Geology Trust are working with Johnsons Wellfield Quarries, Huddersfield to improve the Local Geological Site there. Two interpretation boards have now been provided at the quarry.

Objective 9 (Theme 5)

Make relevant to the wider world

  • Pennine Watersheds Project
    Working with Pennine Watersheds Project on seven Local Geological Sites to produce geological interpretation. Producing a geological trail for Todmorden Moor Local Geological Site, an interpretation board at Gorpley Clough and a geological trail booklet for Haworth.

Objective 11 (Theme 5)

Create resources to help integrate geodiversity into learning

  • Workshops for PGCE Science teachers
    Given two workshop sessions with Bradford College students as part of an access course for PGCE Science teachers which 20 trainee teachers attended.

  • National Coal Mining Museum
    Consulted with National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield about new underground exhibits, now open to the public.

Objective 12 (Theme 6)

Involve more people

  • New committee members
    Three new members have joined the committee. They have became involved surveying geological sites in Wakefield area.

  • Wakefield volunteers
    A group of volunteers are in involved in surveying geological sites in Wakefield area.

  • Boston Spa trail
    Writing and producing geological trail leaflet for Boston Spa area.

  • Geological walks and talks
    Eight guided geological walks in 2012 so far, with another six planned for the summer. Regular talks to local groups about geology and building stones in West Yorkshire - 4 in 2012.

  • Study Day
    40 countryside volunteers attended a Study Day in Halifax