Watershed Landscape wins a prestigious European award

Pam on the big screen: Pam Warhurst receives a prestigious European award on behalf of the Watershed Landscape Project
Pam on the big screen: Pam Warhurst receives a prestigious European award on behalf of the Watershed Landscape Project

A project that seeks to protect and enhance the upper Calder Valley landscape has been launched on to the European stage with an award.

The team at the South Pennines Watershed Landscape project and their partners are thrilled to have been awarded a Laureate in the Europa Nostra Awards 2013.

Europa Nostra is a pan-European non-government organisation, with a vast network of professionals and volunteers who are committed to safeguarding Europe’s cultural heritage.

It represents 250 non-government and non-profit organisations from 50 European countries.

Pam Warhurst, chair of Pennine Prospects, the rural regeneration company which manages the project, said she was delighted to receive the award at the ceremony, at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, from Plácido Domingo, world-renowned opera singer and Europa Nostra President.

Pam, who lives in Todmorden, said: “To receive this award on behalf of the whole project team and our partners was fantastic.

“ It was incredible to be able to stand up in front of 5,000 people from all over Europe to tell them about our project. We are now on the European map and our good work here is being recognised across the continent.”

The project, which is managed by Pennine Prospects, is one of only 30 winners to be selected from nearly 200 nominated projects from across Europe. The Watershed Landscape project is the only UK winner in the Education, Training and Awareness-raising category, placing the heritage of the South Pennines and the work of its 
volunteers firmly on the European stage.

Funding for the Watershed Landscape project is provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the South Pennines LEADER programme (the Rural Development Programme for England), which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and managed by Pennine Prospects.

The project recently won the prestigious UK Landscape Award and goes forward to represent the UK in the European Landscape Awards 2013.