New £35 million visitor attraction opens in Cornwall

Heartlands
Hundreds of people came for the opening Photo: ITV Westcountry

Hundreds of people have turned out for the opening of a £35 million pound community space in one of Cornwall's poorest areas.

School children, musicians and local residents took part in a procession to launch 'Heartlands'.

The park is centred around the old Robinsons mine engine house in Pool, between Redruth and Camborne.

The area used to be derelict land, largely untouched since the demise of the industry after nearly 400 years of mining activity.

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The parkland was developed on derelict land Credit: ITV Westcountry

The land has been developed into a parkland and community space, giving local people a village green.

Heartlands also incudes a mining exhibition, restored engine house, artists workshops, apartments, outdoor performance spaces and an adventure playground.

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The mining industry in the area ran for almost 400 years Credit: ITV Westcountry

In November 2007 Heartlands was awarded a £22.35 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund Living Landmarks scheme. It was one of only three projects in the UK to be chosen. Funding has also come from Cornwall Council and the EU.