In the 1990s clay from a field to the north west of the village was used in the manufacture of drainage pipes. A few of those pipes were used in the construction of artificial Badger setts, but there's another way in which the extraction of clay has contributed to conservation.
An old clay pit gives its name to Brickyard Plantation to the west of the village. The derelict pit was used as a rubbish tip until the 1960s. Thirty years later this former industrial site has become a nature reserve, managed by the Wakefield Naturalists Society. Well, I say we manage it, but we rely on the occasional help of the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers and an annual visit from a tractor-mounted flail mower, courtesy of Job Earnshaw Timber Merchants.
The photographs show mowing and coppicing at the Brickyard in the autumn of 1998 by local groups of the BTCV. Volunteers came from as far afield as Seacroft and Normandy (a student who was staying at Leeds at the time). They also coppiced a small section of the Ash saplings that border the reserve.
Related LinkThe BTCV in West Yorkshire.