Oaken Wood - Extension

A comprehensive resource & information guide to the planned extension of Hermitage Quarry. Regular updates and downloads will be added, please visit us again.

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Welcome to Oaken Wood

  • Hermitage Quarry
  • Leeds Castle, built of Kentish Ragstone
  • A restored field at Hermitage Estate
  • The Dartford Bandstand, built from Kentish Ragstone
  • Quality concrete, produced at Hermitage Quarry
  • St Clements Ow Crop
  • Stone Cutting

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Introduction

Hermitage Quarry sits discretely in the middle of the 600 acre privately owned Hermitage Estate, a working farm.

2010 heralded 20 years of quarrying at Hermitage, extracting Kentish Ragstone and supplying high quality aggregate and stone to maintain Kent’s historic building traditions over the past 2000 years. These buildings include Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London, two of Britain's most cherished landmarks, each attracting millions of visitors each year. Kentish Ragstone is commonly seen throughout the county, particularly in houses, walls and churches. As you drive around Kent, you will be surprised at just how prolific its use has been. Click here to view an image library of the use of Kentish Ragstone.

In the last 23 years, 74 acres (30 hectares) of Hermitage Farm have been quarried. 40 acres (16 hectares) have so far been reinstated to productive agricultural land outstripping the yields of the original pasture.

Over a quarter of a million native trees and shrubs have been planted as hedges, copse and woodland, introducing a vastly increased wildlife population.

Today, Hermitage Quarry has the capability to produce in excess of 1 million tonnes of aggregate a year. The product range includes everything from basic materials, through sub-base and capping layers, rock armour, walling and gabion stone to premium grade single sized washed aggregates and sands, recycled aggregates and block stone for new build and heritage projects.

At the present rate of working, supplies will be exhausted within 2 to 3 years. If the company is to continue and the essential demands of the county met, new reserves need to be found.

There can be no disputing the fact that our built environment requires construction materials; everything from houses to schools, factories to offices and shops. Similarly the roads and infrastructure that go hand in glove with those developments requires construction materials and in the south-east in particular, where there is an acute shortage of housing. It would be naive to believe that there is not an on-going long-term demand that, if not satisfied from local sources would be imported into the County over long distances adding to cost, availability and environmental damage. This could hardly be classed as a sustainable solution to the problem.

We believe there is a real need for new ragstone reserves to maintain supplies into the local and regional economy. When we submitted our future plans to extend Hermitage Quarry into Oaken Wood, we demonstrated an overriding need, not just for the development but also the need for the products which it supplies and the service that it provides.

Click here for more information on Kentish Ragstone, its place in history and its importance in the modern built environment.

News item: Go ahead given for quarry extension