Green light for Scottish World Project
Featured in28 May 2012 - 16:55
SRG granted permission to restore St Ninians surface mine into a landscaped work of art
SCOTTISH Resources Group (SRG) have been granted planning permission by Fife Council to restore the St Ninians surface mine, in Fife, to a landscaped work of art – The Scottish World Project (formerly known as The Fife Earth Project), designed by internationally renowned landscape artist Charles Jencks.
SRG have been working with Charles Jencks since 2003 to prepare an imaginative restoration design for the St Ninians surface mine as an alternative to the more traditional approach of returning the site to agriculture and forestry.
Charles Jencks’ design uses the overburden from the coaling operations to create a sculpted landscape park representing the continents of the world, celebrating Scotland’s diaspora and how they have influenced history.
Located between the ‘continents’ will be a loch in the shape of Scotland together with further water features which will be surrounded by dramatic cliffs. Throughout the landforms and water features paths and art will combine to create the iconic destination and visitor attraction.
Work on the project is already well under way with the creation of the first of the landscaped continents (Europe) now complete.
The strategic aim of the project is to create a major tourist destination for Fife and Scotland which capitalizes on both the prime location of the site adjacent to one of the principal tourist routes through Scotland, the M90, and the international prominence of the artist involved.