Progress and technology versus nature? No.
We quarry the clay for our roofing tiles as carefully and cautiously as possible. But still, after the quarrying, we do not leave anything to chance. The no longer necessary quarrying area is quickly, carefully and ecologically sensibly given back to nature again. This recultivation represents a landscape conservation task involving a lot of responsibility. This is how with a little gentle assistance, we create new biotopes - natural habitats for animals and plants.
In the course of the forthcoming months, we will, for the first time, dispose of about 15 hectares of recultivated area in the open cast mining Langenreichen (administrative distict of Augsburg) for the purpose of being cultivated by farmers. In order to drain the entire new area in a natural way, we will create a wetland area at the low point.
As far as our clay open-cast mining in the Bavarian administrative district of Dillingen/ Donau is concerned, we opened a "Fruit Tree Museum" as a renaturation measure at the end of 2003/beginning of 2004. Approx. 150 fruit trees from old Swabian-Franconian cultures were planted on about one hectare of renaturated area. Meanwhile, plums, apples, pears and cherries are grwoing here in the immediate vecinity of the mining.