Plans for pit.
The pounds 10m scheme will tackle the devastation left behind by decades of coal extraction around Backworth in North Tyneside.
The 36-hectare Fenwick Eccles site is to be reclaimed and returned to greenery as part of the English Partnerships National Coalfield Programme.
Deep mining in the area stopped in 1973, leaving the land ravaged. The site has suffered from fly-tipping and people using motorbikes.
It is hoped the area will be transformed to allow members of the public better access. It is hoped work will start during 2008-09.