The UK Landscape Award final shortlist has been announced

UK Landscape Award final shortlist announced

A shortlist of six UK landscapes were announced on 12 October as contenders for the first-ever UK Landscape of the Year soon to be revealed at the Landscape Convention Conference in November…

The six finalists from the transformed heritage coastline in Durham to a bustling city-based network of green spaces in Sheffield, represent the rich variety of work going on the profession today. The shortlist is:

  • A twenty-five-year campaign to improve the Mersey Basin
  • Restoration of the Durham Heritage Coast – previously an industrial wasteland
  • Creation of spectacular spaces and streets in the heart of Sheffield
  • Community-led rebuilding of Baxter Park, Dundee in Scotland
  • Conservation of the hill forts and heather moorland of Denbighshire in Wales
  • Regeneration of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland

The winning landscape will go on to represent the UK in the European Landscape Award, which takes place in Strasbourg in March 2011.

Commenting on the announcement, Natural Environment Minister, Richard Benyon, said: “Whether you’re in a town or in the countryside there are areas around us that we should rightly be proud of. A good landscape makes us feel part of a community and gives a sense of pride in where we live.”

Helen Phillips, Natural England Chief Executive, was equally emphatic: “All landscapes are important. They form the link between human society and the natural world, and provide vital natural support services – such as food, clean water, climate change regulation, flood prevention and, of course recreation. All six shortlisted landscapes showcase what can be achieved when communities and partners come together to support the landscapes around them.”

Professor Keith Nicholson, a board member of Scottish Natural Heritage says, “We are really pleased to see the Dundee project win the Scottish heat of the award. This project has demonstrated real commitment to sustainable landscape in the local community. Looking after our landscapes is a responsibility shared by everyone. The Dundee project has embraced that responsibility wholeheartedly and we wish it every success in the finals.”

Project profiles: your guide to the UKLA shortlist

Full details of all schemes are available at:



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