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ADELEGATION of Chinese state officials travelled to Northumberland to learn more about the effective restoration of former mining sites.

The Banks Group hosted a dozen delegates from the Fangshan district, close to the Chinese capital Beijing, with a view to sharing ideas and expertise, and with a particular focus on transforming brownfield sites into community landmarks or leisure facilities.

The visit could lead to further cooperation in the future between Banks and the Fangshan People's Government.

Banks representatives gave a presentation to the delegation at its new Shotton surface mine, including details of how a number of former mining sites have previously been returned to their original state.

Mark Dowdall, environment and community director at The Banks Group, said: "The Banks Group has extensive experience of landscaping our developments to provide new and enhanced community facilities, to increase biodiversity by creating new habitats and to improve the landscape character in the areas where we have worked throughout the UK .

"It's very pleasing for us to be recognised for our experience in this area, and we hope our visitors took a lot of useful new information and ideas away with them."

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 27, 2008
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