The company operates five open pits and a central storage and processing works at Furzebrook and contributes many millions of pounds to the Dorset economy.
Dorset is one of just two places in Britain where Ball Clay is found. Ball Clay, which can be found in products in most homes including tiles and sanitary ware, is regarded as a mineral of international importance because of its special qualities and rare occurrence.
Chris Cleaves, UK Ball Clays General Manager for Imerys, said: “We are delighted to be able to make this substantial donation to the local community and are proud to add Church Knowle play area to the list of many charities and good causes Imerys supports.
“As a business with a long history in Dorset, we are proud to be at the heart of the local community – and long may that continue. Imerys takes its social and environmental responsibilities very seriously, and donating to this play area fits well with our community ethos. We are all looking forward to seeing its progress.”
Parish Councillor Colin Page added: “This generous gift of £5,000 enabled us to qualify for match funding from Viridor Credits, and without this money the upgrading of the children’s play area could not have gone ahead. The Church Knowle Parish Councillors and villagers all wish to express their gratitude towards Imerys, and I look forward to showing them how their money has been spent.”
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