As has been mentioned in BMC articles recently, there is currently a specialist working to promote the use of hard rock quarries for climbing. This project aims to find new climbing venues, and more generally, establish relationships with other like-minded groups to promote quarry restoration, and to promote an acceptance within the quarry industry, the planning system and amongst the general public of recreation as a practical, viable and worthwhile use of redundant quarries.
I have been asked by, the person organising the project, to look for academic work in two areas:
a) the beneficial use of derelict land and, in particular, quarries,
b) the redevelopment of the post industrial landscape for health benefits through recreation and sport.
Work specific to the objectives of the project is desirable, but anything providing broader context will be beneficial.
I would particularly like to find any academics or researchers interested in either of these areas or with related work. If this applies to anyone here, if you can suggest someone, or if you know of some relevant work, I would like to hear from you.
I don't intend this as a discussion thread, although obviously I cannot dictate that, so if you could message me through the site that would be great. I am not in a position to respond regarding the broader objectives of the project.
In reply to Liam Brown: Ah yes takes me back to my undergrad thesis in 1982, just what I did BUT I did find it recently and it was bloody awful. I looked at Central Scotland and used examples including Auchinstarry, the quarries at the Duke's pass, Aberfoyle (now near to/used by a Go Ape I think) and (though not a quarry) Lochgelly Country park which had been reclaimed after mining.