Choose One from Eleven (Maybe)

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The UK government with the assistance of advisors and the governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales has put forward eleven sites to UNESCO for consideration as world heritage sites. There a committee will vet and visit the chosen 11 before the final decision is made which will join the other 28 sites that have UNESCO status in the UK.

It isn’t a quick task and although a UNESCO committee will meet in Paris this June, there will be an eighteen month evaluation. We still await the decision on last years’ nominations.

So what are the eleven?

In Scotland, The Forth Rail Bridge, so beloved of thriller writers and film makers has been nominated along with Mousa, Old Scatness and Jarlshof in Shetland and those peatlands in Caithness and Sutherland known as The Flow Country.

From Wales, an area has been nominated, the slate industry in North Wales, although a proposal from Merthyr Tydfil has been turned down since there sin’t a lot left of its industrial heritage.

In England, the Royal Dockyard and its defences at Chatham in Kent has been nominated along with the Lake District in Cumbria, Cresswell Crags that can be found in both Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and Jodrell Bank in Cheshire.

The UK government is also responsible for nominations from British dependencies and three nominations have been submitted. They are the island of St Helena where Napoleon was once imprisoned, Gorham’s Caves in Gibraltar and the Turks Caicos Islands in the Caribbean.

The 100 page document from the expert panel made some suggestions on future sites as well. They suggested that four sites should be considered in the future; Gracehill Conservation Area and Navan Fort in Northern Ireland, Tynwald in the Isle of Man and the Fountain cavern in Anguilla in the Caribbean.

But why York and the Wye Valley were missed off the list is interesting? Those applications might go ahead in the future if it “substantially revised component parts,” which rather sounds as though they didn’t follow the brief. More importantly for the future, they made 11 recommendations which should help future applicants.

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