Events Diary

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Chris Woodley-Stewart. The North Pennines Geopark – Durham’s nearest neighbour in the UNESCO designated sites of the UK

  • 15 Thursday 15th March 2018 at 6.00pm Location: PG20, Pemberton Rooms, Palace Green Tickets Free - booking essential from

One of England’s most special places, back in 2003 the North Pennines AONB was the first area in Britain to be awarded the UNESCO-endorsed status of European Geopark. Geoparks are places with outstanding geology where special effort is made to make the most of Earth heritage through interpretation, education, conservation and nature-based tourism. There are now seven other Geoparks in the UK and a growing number around Europe and the rest of the world. In Europe the North Pennines is part of a family of special places, from Ireland to Romania and from Finland to Italy. In November 2015 announced a new programme, which created UNESCO Global Geoparks. This is the first new UNESCO programme to be established in over 40 years and puts the Global Geoparks alongside UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Chris Woodley-Stewart is the Director of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership and has worked in conservation for nearly 25 years. A Yorkshireman living in the North East, he has also worked in Cheshire, North Essex and the Chilterns.