A MAJOR milestone has been reached in the restoration of North East mining sites.
The millionth tree has been planted by Banks Mining as part of its restoration landscaping work.
The tree was planted on the site of the former Delhi surface mine on the Blagdon Estate and forms part of the recreation of a 200-year-old parkland, which was originally designed in the style of famous Northumberland landscape architect Lancelot Capability Brown, but was lost to mining in the 1950s.
Children from nearby Stannington First School’s Green Team joined estate owner Viscount Ridley for the planting.
Banks Landscape Manager Richard Hutchinson said: “The pupils who were on site for this special event will be the young people who will see the restored landscapes around them maturing over the decades to come and we’re grateful to them and to Viscount Ridley for helping us reach this fantastic milestone.”