Project to improve South Pennine uplands will go forward for 2013 European Landscape Award

Traditional method of controlling bracken
Traditional method of controlling bracken

This year’s winner of the biennial UK Landscape Award is a project designed to protect and enhance the unique natural and historic features of the South Pennine uplands and to encourage greater understanding and enjoyment of the area so that it is valued and protected. Achievements of the project include restoration of hay-meadows and moorlands, improvements to dry stone walls and creation of woodlands by hundreds of volunteers and community groups. It is managed by Pennine Prospects and funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and South Pennine LEADER.

Natural environment minister Richard Benyon commented, ‘I am delighted that the South Pennine Watershed Landscape Project has won this award. It is a project with wide-ranging impact, a powerful expression of local identity and sense of place and is testament of the hard-work of the people who have played their part in the formation of this distinct landscape.’

The judges of the award were Sue Evans MBE (Central Scotland Forest Trust and Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute), Dr Pyrs Gruffudd (Dept of Geography, Swansea University), Dr Val Kirby (consultant, Fellow of the Landscape Institute and their representative on the IUCN/ICOMOS landscape working group), Merrill Smith (Dundee City Council, Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute) and Paul Tiplady (consultant and Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute).

The project will now go forward for consideration for the European Landscape Award 2013.

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