The Delhi Open Cast Mine

The Delhi Open Cast Mine

The Banks Group

The Blagdon Estate and Banks Group appointed the Landscape Agency to reinstate a lost parkland landscape twelve miles north of Newcastle, but only once the area had been open cast mined for coal to a depth of 90 metres.  The site had been a beautiful 18th and 19th century park landscape until it was surface mined in the 1950s and crudely restored to arable fields and small conifer plantations – not a suitable setting for Grade I Blagdon Hall.

The Landscape Agency’s masterplan proposed re-instating a park more in keeping with the setting of the house, but also a landscape that would encourage a wide range of plants, birds and insects.

The Banks Group extracted coal from the site between 2003 and 2009 and thereafter fully restored the park by 2015. That year the Blagdon Estate received the Bledisloe Gold Medal from the Royal Agricultural Society – a national award given to those who demonstrate outstanding achievement in successful land management.


The Landscape Agency
Stanley Harrison House
The Chocolate Works
Bishopthorpe Road
York, YO23 1DE


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