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Charity helps with potash exploration

Heather King from York Potash receives delivery of another set of core boxes from residents at Botton Village

Heather King from York Potash receives delivery of another set of core boxes from residents at Botton Village

A CHARITY which supports adults with learning disabilities and mental health problems is supplying wooden boxes to the York Potash Project, the company that is proposing to build a new potash mine near Robin Hood’s Bay.

Residents at Botton, part of the Camphill Village Trust, have created the boxes which are used to contain core extracted from York Potash’s temporary drilling sites, using the village’s woodwork workshop.

Ernst Nef, workshop manager at Botton, said: “Some of the residents here are highly-skilled and are able to turn their hand to a number of different products, such as toys, garden furniture and Christmas decorations.

“We have everything we need on site and it’s fantastic for the local community to be involved in this project.”

The hand-crafted boxes will be sent to the British Geological Survey in Nottingham for independent analysis to determine the quality of the potash.

Botton Village, which has its own plantations and saw-milling facilities, has just fulfilled the order of 50 core boxes and York Potash’s project geologist, Tristan Pottas, said: “The core boxes are essential to help us transport the material safely for testing and we are delighted with the high-quality boxes that residents at Botton have produced.”

 

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