From Sunderland to Hartlepool, the Durham Heritage Coast has emerged from its industrial past to an area worthy of Heritage Coast status with one of the finest coastlines in England. Where previously colliery waste was tipped onto the beaches in enormous quantities, a coastal path now leads you through a wonderful landscape mosaic of great natural, historical and geological interest with dramatic views along the coastline and out across the North Sea.
New gateways encouraging people to explore this fantastic coast have been created with the active involvement of the local communities with art and artistic interpretation a key feature.
Sheffield’s ‘Gold Route’, a series of spectacular spaces and streets, centred on the Heart of the City project, has come to symbolise the city’s economic and cultural renaissance. This network of spaces, takes a visitor arriving at the station to the cultural and commercial core of Sheffield City Centre through one of the largest corridors of high quality public realm in the country.
These spaces include the Sheaf Square ‘gateway’ at the Station, Howard Street, Hallam Gardens and Hallam Square, the Millennium Galleries, Winter Garden, Millennium Square, the Peace Gardens, and Barkers Pool and the proposed new retail quarter.
Established in 1985, the Mersey Basin Campaign successfully completed its 25 year programme in March 2010, having achieved a profound impact on the landscape of the North West of England through its dedication and commitment to its three key aims:
+ to improve water quality across the Mersey Basin,
+ to stimulate attractive waterside developments, and
+ to encourage people to value and cherish their watercourses and waterfront environments.
MBC has been exemplary in realising sustainable development through brokering public/private partnership and engaging directly with communities.
The Heather and Hillforts Project is a partnership that strives to maintain the upland historic and natural heritage of north-east Wales as a sustainable landscape for the future:
+ to conserve and restore the heritage of the hillforts and heather moorland, demonstrating sustainable agriculture in harmony with a landscape of outstanding historic and biodiversity value,
+ to reconnect people to the uplands and to increase people’s enjoyment of their heritage through education, interpretation, events and access projects,
+ to increase our understanding of the landscape as a foundation for management, interpretation and restoration projects.
Over the past six years Lough Neagh Partnership has identified and worked with strategic and local stakeholders to understand the needs of Lough Neagh and those of the communities living around its perimeter. By creating strong relationships with a range of private and public organisations, the Partnership has managed a £3.8m regeneration programme, developing over 140 projects on the lough and attracted a further £6.4m of leverage funds which has resulted in the provision of major new infrastructure, increased protection for the waterway along with increased awareness and increased visitor numbers.
The Baxter Park Project was the restoration of a “Paxton” park, landscape and facilities. It is considered the most complete Paxton park in Scotland, retaining the Victorian ethos of a green lung for the people while suiting 21st Century needs. At heart of the project is the involvement of the community in the project and the lasting legacy that the community will bring to the on-going evolution of the park. The Friends of Baxter Park sit at the centre of the complex framework of facilities and park users.
Six world-class UK landscapes were final contenders for the first-ever UK Landscape Awards. The finalists;
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 Hillforts and Heather moorland of Denbighshire in Wales; and the Regeneration of Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland.
The winner was the Durham Heritage Coast and went on to represent the UK in the European Landscape Award which takes place in Strasbourg.