Winners of the UK Landscape Award!

The Watershed Landscape team would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for us in the 2012 National Lottery Awards (environment category). Unfortunately we missed out on the award by just a very small number of votes, and the winning project in this category was Community Space Challenge

However, in the same week, this low was matched with an exciting high when the project team found out that we had won the prestigious UK Landscape Award!  

The UK Landscape Award celebrates the power of the local landscape and the benefits that it contains. As the UK winner, the project represented the UK in the Council of Europe’s European Landscape Award for 2013.

The UK Landscape Award is jointly organised by DEFRA, Scottish Natural Heritage, Natural England, Countryside Council for Wales, the Welsh Government, the Scottish Government, and the Department of the Environment Northern Ireland and was open to landscape projects of all sizes and types. It takes place every two years and is judged by a panel of independent experts chosen for their broad perspective of landscape issues. The UK winner in 2010 – the Durham Heritage Coast – was a runner-up in the European Landscape Award 2011. Further information can be found at www.uklandscapeaward.org

'Everyone here is absolutely thrilled to have the South Pennines Watershed Landscape project representing the UK in the European finals. This just goes to show how beneficial a partnership organisation, such as Pennine Prospects, can be for the landscape, which is so important for, not only the people who live in it, but also millions of people who live within a short distance.

This wild and wonderful landscape offers us all opportunities to connect with our ancestors and enjoy the health and well-being benefits for today but also prepare for the future as the peat resources here are the front line in our battle against climate change.

We’d like to thank all our partners, who have worked with us to make this possible. The wide range of activities and events that we’ve organised as part of this project has helped to raise awareness on a number of different levels, from improving access to the uplands to getting people to think differently about their landscape.'  Pam Warhurst CBE (Chair, Pennine Prospects).