By SDRN on 14th February 2013

LOCATION: Pool, Cornwall

AIM: To deliver an inspiring, low carbon, sustainable community development which is accessible to all and which celebrates and enriches understanding of the local culture, heritage and natural environment.

BACKGROUND: Heartlands is a £35 million project, funded by the Big Lottery, the Homes and Communities Agency, the European Union and Cornwall County Council, which aims to transform 19 acres of disused mining land into a cultural space for local communities and visitors. Set within a new park landscape, Heartlands aims to interconnect existing community buildings and services (such as health and childcare) with vibrant new public spaces, such as market squares, children’s play areas, a village green, events arenas and botanical gardens. The opening weekend is scheduled for 20th – 22nd April 2012.

STATUS: In development.


  • Environment: Heartlands will be a walkable development, with footpaths and cycle trails allowing access to a succession of gardens, green spaces and nature trails. Wider appreciation of this and the surrounding landscape will be promoted through educational exhibitions, festivals, community projects and events.
  • Learning: Heartlands will provide a variety of learning opportunities for local residents, schools and visitors, including outdoor art galleries and sculpture gardens, craft workshops, and interactive learning resources.
  • Economy: The development will form a regional focal point for organisations of all sizes and sectors, providing a range of growth opportunities for local businesses and offering conference facilities, work studios, and meeting venues, as well as farmers’ markets, art fairs, festivals and exhibitions. Surplus profit generated through rent, trade and special events will be reinvested back into the project, funding training and enterprise initiatives designed to create new opportunities for local residents and businesses.