Seven sites were given “UNESCO World Heritage” status with support from the United Kingdom.
Seven locations in the United Kingdom and its overseas territories are up for the “UNESCO World Heritage” designation.
The government has proposed a number of places for the elite list, including York City Centre, Birkenhead Park, and a Shetland iron age village.
Places with significant cultural, historical, or scientific significance receive the widely acknowledged label.
In the UK, “33 World Heritage sites already exist, including Stonehenge.”
The Great Barrier Reef in Australia and Cairo’s historic districts are two of the locations on the list that are monitored by the United Nations organisation on a global scale.
The “Tentative List” of the government, which is updated around every 10 years and lists the areas it believes have the best potential to be included, now includes five new sites from throughout the UK and other territories.
The new locations have been officially announced by the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport.
- York is one of them, and it has a rich history thanks to its Anglo-Saxon, Viking, and Norman residents. It also has numerous civic and religious structures, including the cathedral.
- Three ancient communities that date back thousands of years make up “The Zenith of Iron Age Shetland.”
- “Birkenhead Park in Merseyside,” which opened in 1847 and was a trailblazing attempt to provide greenery to urban surroundings, spurred the building of parks all around the world, including Central Park in New York.
- “The East Atlantic Flyway,” a path used by migrating birds, crosses western Europe, passing through Essex, Yorkshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire, and Kent. As a region that sees enormous migratory bird populations pass through each year, it is added to the list in recognition of its crucial relevance to bird populations and wildlife.
- “The Little Cayman Marine Parks and Protected Areas in the Cayman Islands,” a British overseas territory, have also been recommended due to their great value to the marine ecosystem and breathtaking natural beauty.
Two additional locations are still on the government’s tentative list even after they submitted their entire applications to Unesco earlier this year.
These include Northern Ireland, The Flow Country, and the Gracehill Moravian Church Settlement in Ballymena, a sizable peatland area spanning “Caithness and Sutherland” in the north of Scotland that is essential to preserving biodiversity.
All the venues put forth would be deserving beneficiaries of this honour, according to Heritage Minister Lord Parkinson of Whitley Bay, and we would support them wholeheartedly so they could gain the international acclaim it can bring.
The five new sites that were added to the list “brilliantly illustrate the variety and splendour of the UK and its foreign territories’ natural and cultural heritage,” according to Laura Davies, HM Ambassador to Unesco.
The DCMS stated that it will collaborate with regional and local governments to create their bids.