A study of the concentrations of zinc and lead in an engineered soil capping system overlying sulphide mine tailings was undertaken. Tailings geochemistry, soil cover and vegetation were monitored over a 4-year period, and a cattle grazing demonstration exercise was conducted over a 1-year period. Whilst the tailings had a relatively high pyrite content and demonstrated oxidation, a circum neutral pH was observed for the duration of the study period due to the high dolomitic content. No evidence of metal mobility into the soil cover and vegetation was observed over the monitoring period. Relatively high Zn herbage content is attributed to the glacial till component of the soil cover. Similarly, no evidence of metal transfer to grazing cattle was observed through blood and tissue analysis with Zn content not significantly different from control animals. Pb tissue content was below limit of detection.