Local students help potash exploration

Fyling Hall school pupils visiting York Potash in Wykeham
Fyling Hall school pupils visiting York Potash in Wykeham
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Whitby students took time out from lessons this week when they helped to examine potash deposits uncovered from under the North York Moors.

A-level students from Fyling Hall School in Whitby enjoyed an informative site visit this week to York Potash, the company which is proposing to build a new potash mine between Whitby and Scarborough. The six-formers, who are all studying physics or chemistry A-levels, witnessed live drilling at the company’s temporary drilling site at Raikes Lane and inspected potash cores.

After kitting themselves out with hard hats and boots, the group also enjoyed a guided tour around the site with Tristan Pottas, York Potash’s project geologist.

Mr Pottas said: “We really enjoyed hosting the students on site and it was encouraging to see their enthusiasm and interest in the project.

“We hope that the visit provided them with a good understanding of our current work, the local geology and some of the job opportunities that would be created by a new mine.”

The visit forms part of York Potash’s programme to engage with schools and colleagues and aimed to explain details of the project and giving a feel for some of the employment opportunities that could be created by a new potash mine.”