Coal-tip Safety

The Coal Tip Safety Community of Research Group was first established in 2021 in order to provide the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales with expert advice on coal-tip safety. Topics discussed by the group include:

  • Coal-tips and climate change
  • Land use of tips and surrounding land
  • Water management and drainage systems
  • Legislative / Regulatory issues 
  • Economics / Social / Community issues
  • Remediation issues and removal of material
  • Circular economy opportunities
  • Biodiversity and control of invasives
  • Mine-water research

Coal Tip Safety Knowledge Share Workshop

On 18th July 2024, over twenty researchers, from seven universities attended an EPW led workshop in Cardiff University. The workshop discussed the Welsh Government’s proposals for a new Mines and Quarries bill, due to be introduced in the autumn, as well as receiving updates from researchers on their latest projects.

Links to the following presentations received at the event will be provided here shortly:

Droning on – Coal Tip Safety – Dr. David Kidner, University of South Wales

University of Bath – Update – Dr Cormac Reale, Bath University

Social Perspectives on South Wales’ Coal Tips – Ben Walking, Swansea University

PRIME Technology for Enhanced Coal Tip Assessment – Dr Jason Ngui, BGS

Tylorstown Colliery Slip Landslide – Dr Peter Brabham, Cardiff University

Digital Twins of Coal Tips – Dr Maria Ferentinou, Liverpool John Moores University

Other Resources

Read our article about Welsh coal tips here: Environment Platform Wales: what can be done about Welsh coal tips? –

Watch our In:conversation: Coal Tip Safety webinar:

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