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CORNWALL LAUNCHES HISTORIC MINING LANDSCAPE BID

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The first part of Cornwall and West Devon's mining landscape World Heritage Site Bid - the Nomination Document - is...
The first part of Cornwall and West Devon's mining landscape World Heritage Site Bid - the Nomination Document - is ready for public consultation after years in the pipeline.

Taking nearly three years to produce, due to the sheer scale of research and writing involved, the Nomination Document puts forward the case for the outstanding international importance of Cornish mining to UNESCO - the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation - who will assess the Bid in 2005.

Deborah Boden, World Heritage Site co-ordinator said:

'A wide range of subject specialists, consultants, the World Heritage Site Team and an officer working group have all been responsible for producing the 225 page, detailed document, which states why mining sites in Cornwall and West Devon require world-wide recognition.

'This is an extremely important bid, which will raise the area's international profile even higher, by explaining how hard rock mining and miners helped shape the world we live in today.'

'The Nomination Document is being prepared by the World Heritage Site Bid Partnership, on behalf of the UK government, to a format set by UNESCO. We are now at a stage where we feel it would benefit from wider consultation so the draft document is being made available to the public. We welcome comment from anyone living in or visiting the counties or with an interest in the subject matter.'

Helen Richards, environment and heritage portfolio holder said: 'Many people have worked very hard to put the bid together and, as chairman of the partnership, I am pleased to now be able to invite members of the public to consider the resulting draft document.'

Members of the public will be able to view the Nomination Document in libraries, the Devon and Cornwall Record Offices, mining heritage attractions and online.

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