Tarmac’s Mountsorrel Quarry in Leicestershire, England, recently learnt that Sir David Attenborough has long admired the Charnwood region’s unique pink granite. In an interview on BBC Radio Leicester, Attenborough explained to presenter Ben Jackson that the rock helped him earn a scholarship to Cambridge University. Attenborough had a prized collection of Mountsorrel granite samples that he donated to the University of Leicester’s geology department when it was founded in 1951. On learning that Attenborough no longer had any samples, Jackson contacted Tarmac to inquire whether it would be possible to acquire a piece of the pink granite. “It was definitely one of the most unusual and exciting requests we’ve received at the quarry,” Trevor Warren, Mountsorrel Quarry’s works manager said. “We were thrilled to hear of Sir David’s interest in Mountsorrel granite and jumped at the opportunity to send him a sample.” Tarmac selected a large piece of granite and polished it so that all the special geological features were visible. Tarmac then invited Jackson to the quarry to collect the sample and learn more about the site’s history and operations. “The sample was much larger than Ben w...