At a cost of £35m, ‘Heartlands’ has been developed on 19 acres of derelict mining land in Pool. LUC acted as masterplanner, lead consultant and landscape architect on the project. The park celebrates Cornish identity, innovation and culture and conjures memories of the area’s success in deep metal mining in the 1800s.
Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, Cornwall Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and the European Union, the visitor attraction will play a vital role in supporting the area’s regeneration. The local area is home to more than ten per cent of the Cornish population and has struggled since the demise of the mining industry.
Head of South West Region at the Big Lottery Fund Mark Cotton said: “We are delighted that Heartlands is now counting down to launch. What's really special is that the local community are truly at the heart of this project and have been involved in its planning and development from the very start”.
The site offers exciting new spaces to be used for exercise, relaxation, learning and exhibiting. Highlights include the Diaspora Botanical Gardens, which feature plants from parts of the world where Cornish people have emigrated, and Totem Circle, an intimate amphitheatre that will host live music and theatre.
Malcolm Moyle is chair of the Heartlands Trust, a charity that will be running the free attraction. “We are thrilled to announce the launch of this inspirational attraction,” he said. “Unique in every way, we hope people come from near and far to experience Heartlands and marvel at all it has to offer from eclectic art to fascinating history to delicious food to breathtaking gardens to one of the most exciting adventure playgrounds in the UK”.