My Design - Crawick Multiverse

Project - Land restoration project, Upper Nithsdale, Dumfries & Galloway.

Crawick Multiverse (credit Charles Jencks)
Crawick Multiverse (credit Charles Jencks)

Landscape artist Charles Jencks has turned a former opencast coal mine in Dumfries & Galloway into a 22ha park. The land restoration project in Upper Nithsdale cost £1m and was funded by the Duke of Buccleuch.

The cosmology-themed design has a network of paths navigating landforms representing the sun, universes, galaxies, comets and black holes. Materials found on the site, from tonnes of earth to large boulders, were used to create the work. A high road follows a ridge to the north point with views of a 20-mile 360 degs panorama, while a low road offers a gentle walk.

Jencks said the mine, nestled among rolling hills, accidentally created "the bones of a marvellous ecology". His design aims to heal the landscape and provide an ecological and economic boost to the area thanks to an upturn in tourism.

The site is managed by the Crawick Artland Trust, which includes trustees from local communities. It opens to the public on 10 July.

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