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'Artistic designs' on coal site

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Artist's impression of plans for Scotland-shaped loch at opencast mine site

A loch in the shape of Scotland is the centrepiece of plans to transform an opencast coal mine in Fife.

Designer Charles Jencks hopes the St Ninian's site, near Kelty, will become Scotland's biggest landscape art project.

The loch would be surrounded by four geometric-shaped mounds, representing continents where Scots have settled, and six miles of footpaths.

The Fife Earth Project plans will be submitted to Fife Council on Tuesday.

The project is being taken forward by Scottish Coal, which is part of the Scottish Resources Group.

If approved, the transformation of the 269 hectare site - which would be visible from the M90 motorway - could be completed by 2012.

Charles Jencks, who with his late wife Maggie Keswick Jencks co-founded the Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres, is already involved in Crawick Artland, a similar project being developed on the site of a former opencast mine at Crawick in Dumfries and Galloway.



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