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Thursday 19th April 2012
A new visitor attraction hopes to regenerate an area of west Cornwall that has struggled to recover since the decline in demand for tin.
Heartlands, set in the Camborne, Pool and Redruth area, aims to boost the fortunes of a once-thriving industrial centre.
The region is recognised as part of the Cornwall and West Devon mining landscape World Heritage Site but child poverty levels in the region have reached more than double the national average. In the Camborne Pengegon area alone, child poverty has hit 58%, according to Cornwall Council.
Heartlands, is billed as the UK's first free cultural playground, includes World Heritage Site exhibitions, a restored engine house and a Cornish myth-themed adventure playground. It also has a market square, an amphitheatre called Totem Circle, and an events arena for large outdoor festivals.
Malcolm Moyle, chair of the Heartlands Trust, said: "Heartlands needs the community as much as the community needs Heartlands, and the last six years since this project was conceived have been spent working with local schools, businesses and residents to make sure we give everyone something to be proud of."
"We want to put this area back on the map, raise aspirations and make people smile and I have no doubt that Heartlands will do just that."
The attraction became a reality after receiving a £22.3 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund. Additional funding to reach £35 million was provided by Cornwall Council, the Home and Communities Agency and the European Union.
Anna Southall, vice chairman at the Big Lottery Fund, said: "Heartlands is an extremely important project, and one that completely embodies Big Lottery Fund's commitment to supporting communities and improving and enriching people's lives. It looks set to be the jewel in the crown of the wider regeneration of this important and historically significant part of Cornwall, and marks a new chapter for this community."
Heartlands, based on former derelict mine land at Pool, opens on Friday, April 20, with a three-day launch event. For more information visit http://www.heartlandscornwall.com.
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