UK Coal currently employs 2,500 people in various locations across the country, and our activities sustain thousands more jobs in the supply chain. UK Coal operates two deep mines in Nottinghamshire andYorkshire and a number of surface mines in the North East and the Midlands. About 2,000 people are employed at these mines which successfully extract around 7.5m tonnes of coal a year.
While UK Coal Surface Mining extracts 1.7 million tonnes a year from sites across the UK, an additional benefit of these sites comes from their restoration after mining has ceased. Surface mining projects are often located on or near historic mine workings, and the restoration phase addresses years of subsidence and neglect while providing high quality public amenities and land suitable for modern agriculture, recreation, industry or new homes. Each surface mining site also has its own community fund, which runs for the life of the mine. Through these funds, millions have been invested back into local mining communities over the years. For example, local churches, schools, scouts and girl guides, sports clubs and social enterprises have all benefitted from substantial grant aid contributions funded by the extraction of indigenously mined coal.