Public vote launched for the Seven Wonders of the Cotswolds
Following the Cotswolds Conservation Board's public appeal to help compile the ‘Seven Wonders of the Cotswolds’ list, an overwhelming number of nominations have been received and a public vote has now been launched to determine the final seven.
The quest to find the Cotswolds' wonders has fired up the public's imagination, resulting in a long list of over 80 nominations. Historic and ancient sites, Cotswold buildings, churches and monuments, natural attractions, towns and villages and many more suggestions have been flooding in since the campaign was launched before Christmas.
With such a variety of suggestions covering natural, geological, historical, landscape and cultural features throughout the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Board is looking to invite the public to vote for their top seven Cotswolds ‘wonders’ to help determine the final list. The list will then be used to create a brand new series of ‘wonder walks’ to help more people access and enjoy the best places in the Cotswolds landscape.
Nicola Greaves, Information & Interpretation Officer at the Conservation Board said: “This campaign has attracted huge interest from the public and we were amazed by the variety of nominations from across the area that people have sent in. It has shown just how many wonderful features and attractions the Cotswolds AONB has and we are now looking forward to seeing what the final list will look like and then developing the wonder walks.”
To vote for your favourite final seven, view the full list at: www.escapetothecotswolds.org.uk/wonders, then email your seven choices to firstname.lastname@example.org, or submit via facebook.com/cotswoldsaonb by 1 June. The final seven will be announced shortly afterwards.
Notes to editors:
- The Cotswolds was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1966 in recognition of its rich, diverse and high quality landscape.
- The Cotswolds AONB is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation established in 2004 which has 37 members - 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by the Secretary of State www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
- Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), along with National Parks, are considered to be the most special landscapes in the country and belong to an international family of protected areas. There are 38 AONBs in England and Wales, and a further eight in Northern Ireland. For further details, visit: www.landscapesforlife.org.uk
- The Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park and represents 10% of the total AONB area in the UK. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.