Slate landscape up for world heritage status

The slate landscape of North Wales has been nominated as Britain’s preferred UNESCO World Heritage site.

The area runs throughout Gwynedd and its exports are said to have “roofed the 19th century world”.

 “Gwynedd’s slate landscape is hugely important” arts minister Michael Ellis said. “Its vast quarries and mines have not only shaped the countryside of the region but also countless buildings across the UK and the world.

“This is a crucial milestone on the road to becoming a World Heritage site and the global recognition that brings. While the UNESCO nomination process is very thorough, I believe this unique landscape would be a worthy addition to the list” he said.

The bid will be presented to UNESCO next year and will join the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef and the Lake District if it is approved.

The UK currently has 31 other World Heritage sites with three in Wales - the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape, the Castles and Walls of Edward I and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct - and can nominate one site per calendar year.



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