First donation for Leeds pyramid project

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An ambitious long-term project to build the world’s biggest time capsule has moved a step closer thanks to a local quarry’s donation.

The Earth Pyramid Project was launched in 2009 as a not-for-profit plan to create a positive platform for peace and environmental education.

Founder Steve Ward, from Horsforth, has been busy over the last seven years developing contacts around the world as he and his team aim to make their dream a reality and build a 50m-high pyramid.

They want the structure to be the world’s largest time capsule, which will bank people’s memories for future generations to view.

The project has now got off the ground after a large chunk of Bramley Fall stone sourced from Mone Brother’s Blackhill Quarry, near Adel in north Leeds, was donated.

Steve is currently considering Malaysia as a possible destination for the pyramid, although the 45-year-old says that a location has yet to be finalised. Work is not expected to start until 2020.

He said: “The project is a legacy for future generations about our time on this planet and people in the future can see what we thought about our world.

“The foundation stones of the pyramid itself will be constructed from various rocks from across the globe.

“I’m delighted that Mone Brothers have helped to support the scheme by donating one of our first pieces of rock.

“It’s apt that the project, that had its genesis in this part of Yorkshire, should feature stone quarried nearby and I’m grateful to Kevin Mone for his support of the project.”

There will be four chambers within the pyramid dedicated to children, digital preservation, government and indigenous peoples and founders.

Each chamber will contain records and testimonials from millions of people around the globe.

To find out more about the project, visit the website at earthpyramid.org.

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