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THE ‘Lady of the North’ is helping to put Northumberland on the international map.

Northumberlandia, the world’s largest human landform sculpture, has been honoured in prestigious property industry awards.

And now the Blagdon feature, which is the centrepiece of a community park, will go on to represent the UK in the international finals.

The £3million landform, which was funded by mining company the Banks Group and the Blagdon Estate, was named the winner of the Best Landscape Architecture category in the North East UK Property Awards, before going on to win the overall national title.

The success sees the project go up against initiatives from Africa, Asia Pacific, Arabia, Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe and the United States to vie for the international award.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London in December.

Banks Group Communications Manager Katie Perkin said: “There’s been a lot of international interest in Northumberlandia over the last couple of years and now to be put forward to represent the UK against the world’s best new landscape architecture projects shows the quality of the design and construction of the project.

“Being in this sort of spotlight provides a great platform for North East England as a whole, as well as for Northumberlandia, and we hope it will lead to even more international visitors coming to the region to take a look at what’s on offer here.”

Blagdon Estate Chief Executive Bob Downer added: “Blagdon Estate has been privileged to be able to work with the Banks Group to create this remarkable project, which provides both a lasting legacy for the local community and a gateway to Northumberland, attracting visitors from around the world.”

The landform, which was created from 1.5 million tonnes of stone, clay and soil from the Shotton Suface Mine, is seven-and-a-half times the size of a football pitch, offering four miles of pathways.

It is managed by The Land Trust in association with Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Azure Charitable Enterprises, and last year welcomed more than 100,000 visitors.