Geevor Tin Mine and The West Cornwall Coast

Geevor Mine

With the closure of the mine in 1991, the Council stepped in and acquired the site to help conserve an important part of Cornwall's mining heritage and help keep alive further employment opportunities for local people.   

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The first phase of the remedial programme was undertaken by The Projects Team starting in 1992 and was completed 4 years later at a cost of £1.2 million.  This programme of work aimed at dealing with most of the urgent health and safety requirements on the mine site whilst retaining its heritage and rugged nature.   

The remedial package undertaken included mine and ground stabilisation, treatment of contaminated areas, stabilisation of mine buildings and a broad range of infrastructure and landscape works nearly all of which were undertaken by firms based within a 6 mile radius of the site.

Generally, all of the works in this area were undertaken in partnership with the National Trust and included works at Bollowall and Letcha which lie to the south of Cape Cornwall.  Works here included the building of a number of shaft collar walls in granite in the style of Cornish hedges typical of the area, land stabilisation, rubbish removal and safety works to shafts and adits including Wheal Edward Engine house, Wheal Owles Engine House and Wheal Drea, near Botallack.   

Works to stabilise the engine houses and re-point chimneys was undertaken in a sympathetic manner, thus retaining their dramatic silhouettes against the dramatic backdrop.  The aim of this work was to secure, for future generations, the historical mining legacy and allow safer access to the structures.  

A very important aspect was ensuring that the local community were aware of the works and part of the development process.  Through this process a low key approach was developed which avoided unnecessary work being undertaken, allowing the natural vegetation to re-colonise the bare areas of mine waste for their geological and botanical interest.  The  mineral rich and exposed environments provide a unique habitat for many scarce lower plant species.

English Partnerships (now the Regional Development Agency for the South West) were the principle funders of the works and the work was targeted as a high priority in the Service's Land Reclamation Programme.