Residents of the Yorkshire village of Fryston are this summer enjoying a new village green, built with the help of TV money as part of the Castleford regeneration project. Channel 4 is part funding the regeneration of the former mining heartland for a new TV series (NCE 3 February). The design for the new village green was loosely based around the mining activities of the past and involves the restoration of 170ha of derelict land previously occupied by the Fryston and Wheldale collieries and sand works. BDP Civil Engineering led the design team with detailed design by US landscape architect Martha Schwartz.
The stone sculpture is known as the Cairn and the project also involved the creation of a children's play area and the reconstruction of nearby North Street to a standard suitable for council adoption. Project manager is Mace.