Local students help potash exploration

Fyling Hall school pupils visiting York Potash in Wykeham
Fyling Hall school pupils visiting York Potash in Wykeham

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.”