Following the successful installation of the amphibolite/granite boulder in November 2014, I submitted a proposal to David Armitage of the MHAONB concerning my vision for enhancing the value of the Tank Champions site. In January 2015, the MHAONB team led by John Payne spent a day clearing the exposure of the East Malvern Fault in the adjacent North Quarry which is now revealed in all its splendour. In February my proposals were discussed in a meeting, and the MHAONB Sustainable Development Fund agreed to finance the plans. The following objectives were agreed:
- To integrate North and Tank Quarry in terms of promoting the geology.
- To revise and extend the signage. This will entail new signs in North and Tank Quarries and the modification of existing signs.
- To attempt to improve the quality of the specimens on display. Specifically to find a better example of diorite and improve the examples of sedimentary rocks.
After further meetings and some frustrations, it has now been agreed that we can go ahead with four new signs: North Quarry will have a sign in the car park which is partly to do with geology, and directing the public to both the East Malvern Fault and the display in Tank Quarry. A second sign will be positioned near to the fault in a safe location. Tank Quarry will have a sign explaining the context of the rock display and another explaining the view looking out across the Severn Valley. The Conservators have agreed to clear the saplings which currently obscure the view. In addition my new rock (see previous post) will have a concrete base and a new set of signs will be installed to explain the different specimens. I’m also hoping to add a new specimen of diorite – if I can find one! I am hopeful this work will be completed by April. Fingers crossed! A timescale of the geological history of the area was requested for the signs. I have produced a summary which is too complex for the signs so it can be seen on the Tank Quarry page of this web site.