English views score award nominations

Nine English landscapes have been announced as final contenders for the first UK Landscape Awards.

Community groups, local authorities, charities and non-governmental organisations entered their most valued landscapes for the awards. Each English region has now chosen its winner.

The nominees include the River Nene Regional Park in Northamptonshire, the Durham Heritage Coast, and the Blackwater Valley in Hampshire. Landscape Institute president Jo Watkins said: "The results of the first heat highlight the tremendous contribution that great landscapes make to the creation of strong communities.

An overall winner will be announced at the UK Landscape Conference on 8 November. The winner will go forward as the UK entry to the Landscape Award of the Council of Europe, which will be decided by the Council of Europe next March.

The winners and commended in each English region are now available online at PlanningResource.co.uk/doc.

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