Plans To Reopen Gold Mine In Britain
The only gold mine in Britain could be brought back into use if plans to reopen the mine under the Scottish village of Tyndrum are approved.
According to the Metro, it’s estimated that there are 200,000 ounces of gold in the mine, which could be recovered if mining operations are allowed to restart.
The mine closed in the 1980s, but with the discovery of such a rich seam, mining company Scotgold Resources Ltd is hoping to get the go ahead to reopen the mine.
It sits in a national park, with the planning committee for Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority set to visit the site later this month and make an assessment.
Managing director of Scotgold Resources Richard Gray reportedly told the Oban Times that they are optimistic about getting approval.
“If we get permission, and we have every reason to expect that we will get it because we came back with a better scheme, it would create 63 direct jobs and we would be buying materials from local suppliers, boosting the local economy,” he asserted.
The firm also hopes that reopening the mine will attract tourists who are shopping for engagement and wedding rings to the area.
Gold is very much in fashion when it comes to jewellery at the moment, so this could be a real boost for Scotland. Refinery29 recently suggested that the trend for gold statement pieces isn’t going anywhere.
Of course, not everyone can afford to splash out on jewellery made from newly-mined gold, but there are alternatives if you want to add some bling to your wardrobe.
You can give old pieces of jewellery a new lease of life by sending them to gold plating services – whether that’s a pair of earrings, a bracelet, a necklace or a ring.