Landform looks good from above

A NEW tourist attraction in the county has made its mark in an international contest to find the best satellite image in the world.

The giant human landform sculpture Northumberlandia was third in the competition run by American satellite imaging firm DigitalGlobe.

The public voted for their favourites from a top-20 shortlist and the impressive man-made structure near Blagdon went through to the final five stage. An image of the Burning Man Festival in Nevada, USA, showing people, tents and vehicles in the desert, was the winner.

Northumberlandia is made up of 1.5million tonnes of rock, clay and soil, is 100 feet high, a quarter-of-a-mile long and set in 46 acres of community park with free access and four miles of footpaths on and around her.

Although it was privately funded, it went into the ownership of The Land Trust and it is managed on behalf of the open space management charity by Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Azure Charitable Enterprises.