Brambledown Landscape Services has acknowledged a Northumberland town’s mining heritage with the construction of a memorial monument.
The black pit wheel, which was unveiled earlier this week, stands at almost 5m tall and sits on Rotary Parkway in Ashington.
The project was funded by Ashington Town Council and was carried out to mark the 150th anniversary of the former mining town.
The pit wheel memorial was regenerated, refabricated, and painted by Brambledown Landscapes, who also constructed a stone wall foundation and concrete holding mechanism beneath ground. The scheme was complemented by uplighters, turfing, and the planting of shrubs, plants and trees, along a newly created tarmac footpath which leads to a plinth.
Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery joined ex-miners and members of the community for the official unveiling of the monument on Friday.
Lavery said: “The wheel will remind this and future generations of the significance of coal mining to the area. Ashington was known as the largest pit village in the world. The location close to the Miner’s Chapel and the Colliery Heritage Trial will act as a fitting memorial to more than 300 men who lost their lives at Ashington Colliery.”
Frank Curry, managing director, added: “Brambledown Landscape Services were delighted to have been involved in this prestigious project and it is obvious that it means so much to the people of Ashington.
“This is not the first pit wheel we have constructed, but it is certainly the most emotional unveiling ceremony we have attended.”