Does East Anglia need a mountain?
4th September 2011
First we had news on PlanetSKI of people wanting to construct a mountain in Holland and now we hear about similar plans for East Anglia. The UK one seems less like an April Fool! There are plans for a ski slope on it.
There is a web site full of drawings, plans and aspirations for the idea to build a mountain on a disused airfield somewhere in the flat lands of East Anglia.
It is though slightly, er, light on exact detail.
We were alerted to it after we wrote a story here on PlanetSKI about an ambitious idea to construct a 2,000m mountain in Holland complete with ski slopes, cycling routes and much else beside.
See further details of the Dutch plan in this PlanetSKI story.
The UK one though seems to be less of a joke. For a start it is a more realistic 500m.
It would host concerts, provide water sports in the lake round the base and give stunning views across the countryside. There would be a maze, a ski slope and workshops for rural arts and crafts.
Like the Dutch plan though there is little detail on costs and who would finance the project.
The aspiration is there though:
“In this land of Albion we have stunningly beautiful countryside and magnificent skies with sparkling light. We have great cathedrals, universities and historic cities. We have unique wildlife, splendid woodlands and a dynamic and active coastline.â€¨And a tremendous lot of flatness. So why should we have a mountain? Because we haven’t got one! It could be the highest geographical point in the region – giving East Anglia a true LANDMARK, a symbol of the pride and identity we feel for our homeground.”
The Mountain is described as an ecological art project, totally sustainable with a long term development plan for far into the future.
The backers plan to excavate a great circular waterway, build a huge pile of Earth, for the Mountain, landscape the surrounding area and plant thousands of trees.
There are even some drawings and artist’s impressions.
For full details of the idea then see the web site here.
For the spirit of the mountains