The visible plundering of the earth for gravel can make some feel uneasy, writes Kate Griffin, but when pits are regenerated as lakes their beauty can be staggering
Gravel pits occupy an uneasy place in the mind of the community. Like mines, they are scars on the body of the earth, evidence of the way we plunder nature for our own gains.
But, unlike mines, these scars are on blatant display. We use machines to extract the plunder from
these massive gouges in the ground, instead of sending men to chip away underground, out of sight and out of mind.