Top award celebrates our renowned landscape

Artists in residence celebrating the landscape
Artists in residence celebrating the landscape

An innovative landscape project based in the South Pennines scooped a prestigious award.

The South Pennines Watershed Landscape project battled against 34 British and international projects to win the top Landscape Insitute Award for Communication and Presentation.

The award recognised the achievements of the three-year project - the delivery of a landscape-scale programme and its communincation with different sections of the South Pennines community.

Pam Warhurst, Chair of Pennine Prospects, said: “The partnerships we have developed across the South Pennines are continuously working together to protect, enhance and promote the key features of this distinctive region, which we hope will continue to provide a healthy and thriving landscape for today’s society and for future generations.”

The Watershed Landscape project, a Heritage Lottery funded landscape partnership programme, ran from 2010 to 2013.

During that time £2.8 million was invested in the landscape - internationally significant for its biodiversity and historic features.

The project included work with apprentices, volunteers and experts from other partnership organisations, to restore footpaths, dry stone walls and natural habitats, for endangered species

as well as future generations.

It also helped people become reacquainted with their landscape through art, with artists in residence conducting workshops in schools, community centres and on the moors

Noel Farrer, President of the Landscape Institute, said: “This year’s winners are outstanding examples of landscape architecture. In addition to exceptionally designed schemes, projects range from a communications strategy, waking people up to the role landscape can play in their lives, to a dissertation about ethical design.”

For more information on the project, visit www.watershedlandscape.co.uk