Watershed Landscape Project is a European Winner, and now needs your vote!

Posted: 10.04.13

The team at the South Pennines Watershed Landscape project and their partners are excited to have been awarded a Laureate in the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2013.

Hopes are now high for the much coveted Public Choice Award as the public are asked to support the project by voting for it online at http://vote.europanostra.org/. To find out more visit the Watershed Landscape website. Voting ends on Sunday, May 26.

The project, which is managed by Pennine Prospects, is one of only 30 winners to be selected from nearly 200 nominated projects from across Europe. The Watershed Landscape project is the only UK winner in the Education, Training and Awareness-raising category, placing the heritage of the South Pennines and the work of its volunteers firmly on the European stage.

“We are delighted to have got this far; to be named as a Europa Nostra Laureate is fantastic and great recognition of all the hard work of the project team, at Pennine Prospects and across the partnership, and of all the volunteers, who make the South Pennines Watershed Landscape project what it is,” said Pam Warhurst, Chair of Pennine Prospects.

“Can you imagine how thrilling it would be to win the Public Choice Award? That would be the icing on the cake, wouldn’t it? So please vote for us, it only takes a couple of minutes by going to http://vote.europanostra.org/, and then spread the word. You’ll be asked for three choices but can only vote for one UK Laureate,” added Pam.

Of the 30 winning projects honoured for their achievements in conservation, research, dedicated service, and education, training and awareness-raising, six will be named as Grand Prix Laureates at the award ceremony in Athens and one of the winners will receive the Public Choice Award, based on the online poll conducted by Europa Nostra.

The Jury thought: “The South Pennines Watershed Landscape a most imaginative project for raising awareness of a rich natural and archaeological heritage. Impressive in scale and multidisciplinary in approach, it tells fascinating stories, ensuring sustainable protection of the cultural landscape and enhancing regional development. It has turned a once-disregarded area into a popular destination, attracting wide interest among the local population, from children to a range of ethnic groups. A high standard of academic research was matched by extensive publicity through diverse popular channels.”

The award ceremony will take place on June 16, at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, in the presence of Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned opera singer and Europa Nostra President.

Maestro Plácido Domingo said: “This is the ideal occasion to stress the unique potential of cultural heritage to enhance civic responsibility and a sense of belonging to a wider European family. Heritage strengthens us all and inspires creativity and innovation. Therefore, we must work together to save and celebrate the treasures in our midst.”

Cultural heritage brings a significant – and often underrated – contribution to job creation and growth. The sector represents a significant part of the cultural and creative sectors, which provide jobs for around 8 million people in the EU and contribute up to 4.5% to Europe’s GDP. Spending on conservation of cultural heritage by public and private bodies in the EU is worth an estimated €5 billion a year.

Funding for the Watershed Landscape project is provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the South Pennines LEADER programme (the Rural Development Programme for England), which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and managed by Pennine Prospects. The project recently won the prestigious UK Landscape Award and will now go forward to represent the UK in the European Landscape Awards 2013.

To cast a vote in the Europa Nostra Public Choice Award go to the Europa Nostra website at http://vote.europanostra.org/. For further information on the work of the Watershed Landscape project, please visit the Watershed Landscape website.

The Idol Rock on Rombalds Moor, by Richard Stroud

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