Land Reclamation
Reclaimed land to productive common

Land Reclamation

Ffos-y-fran involves the use of surface mining and environmental restoration techniques to reclaim and rejuvenate land that was previously derelict.

By the end of September 2014 the scheme restored 48 acres of land at the Ffos-y-fran site. Once the reclaiming process is complete we will have renovated a total of 910 acres of land fit for use by the community.

Miller Argent’s use of modern restoration techniques ensures that the site is sensitively restored to encourage and increase local biodiversity, by providing diverse habitats for the different species that live in the area.


This land reclamation scheme is being carried out to a standard set out and agreed by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council and other authorities, at no cost to the public purse.

Restoration of mine shafts
Capping of mine shafts
First harvest of recently restored land

Aberystwyth University Grass Trial Plots

Miller Argent has been working closely with Aberystwyth University to trial different types of grass species for use with the restoration. The purpose is to determine which grow most effectively on the different types of materials found on a surface mine. This means pioneering new techniques and finding the most effective grass species that are quick to root below ground as well as grow above. This helps to achieve reliable stabilisation and the better management of surface water. The trials started in 2013 and were completed in 2015.

We believe it is important that the environment is restored to high standards both visually and environmentally. The grasses selected will have to fit into the local landscape whilst providing the best habitat for stock grazing and local biodiversity on the site. As well as Aberystwyth University we are consulting with a number of other experts to ensure we are taking best advice and restoring the sites to the highest possible standards.

You can see a series of pictures from the trial below.

Grass trial plots
Grass trial plots
Grass trial plots