In November 2007, Cornwall’s Heartlands Project received £22.3 million in funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Living Landmarks programme, to transform the area of Pool. This was one of only three projects in the UK to receive funding and the only project in England which was successful. The overall scheme cost £30million.

Heartlands stretches from the centre of Pool, through Robinson’s Shaft to South Crofty mine, right out into new residential and business areas, dramatically transforming 7.5 hectares of derelict land. It provides new spaces for a range of activities that are essential for the area's social regeneration: exercise, relaxation, learning, appreciation, public art and performance. It aims to be the UK’s first purpose designed Zero Energy Park, with energy generated on site equalling or exceeding that expended to run and maintain it.

As masterplanner and lead landscape architect, LUC designed the Diaspora Botanical Gardens, the Park and the adventure playground. Our concept celebrates the heroism, ingenuity and sheer bloody-mindedness which resulted in the Cornish 19th Century success in deep metal mining. The park is inspired by Cornish identity, innovation and culture, creating an imaginative and inclusive site. The playground, based on Cornish legends, is the largest free adventure playground in Cornwall.

Heartlands is one of Cornwall’s key interpretation sites for the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, incorporating the once derelict Robinson’s Shaft mine complex, a Listed Grade II building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

It opened in April 2012 and has become a hugely popular destination for locals and tourists alike. It was an interesting and uniquely challenging project for LUC, and we are proud to have helped bring such a successful new space to the community.

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