Resources, conflicts and sustainability

Dry Rigg Quarry Dry stone walls

Limestone is a valuable resource for the building and chemical industries, but extracting it from the ground affects the environment and the community. This can cause conflicting demands on both the environment and natural resources.

Building stones and conflicts of land use

The pages in this section look at building stones and the landscape, limestone quarrying and the conflicts of land use, plus how limestone is used in industry.

Sustainable quarrying

The Yorkshire Dales have been used by humans for thousands of years, which has contributed to the special character of the area.

Modern farming techniques and tourism also subject this area of outstanding natural beauty to environmental pressures and conflicts.

The balance between protecting and exploiting the environment needs careful management to ensure the sustainable management of quarrying activities.