Tyne & Wear

Northumberlandia visitor centre to be built for £240,000

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Media captionNaked woman sculpture is a legacy for coal mining

A £240,000 visitor centre to welcome visitors to the Northumberlandia sculpture is to be built in Northumberland.

The Land Trust has secured the funding to build the centre that will act as a gateway to the artwork in Cramlington.

It will be located in the woodland area and will comprise of a café, shop and toilets. It is due to open in November.

Alan Carter, from the trust said it will be "an environmentally friendly" centre.

Image caption The Princess Royal was given a tour of the landscape sculpture in September

It is thought it could also be used as a space for meetings, educational courses and a base for guided walks and talks.

At 1,300ft (396m) long Northumberlandia is the world's largest human form sculpted into the landscape.

The £3m sculpture took two years to construct and has been shaped from the rock and waste from a surface mine on land owned by Viscount Ridley.

The Princess Royal was given a tour of the landscape sculpture when it was officially opened in September.

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