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June 6, 2012 / landscapeiskingston

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Llangollen Features in Olympic Torch Relay

Olympic torch bearer Joanne Gregory is pulled along the Llangollen canal in north Wales. The aqueduct, built in 1805, runs 38 metres above the river Dee, making it the highest in Britain. 

Pontcysyllte aqueduct, Llangollen features as one of 50 Waterways Forward good practices identified by project partners as an example of  canal heritage management .  The objective was to conserve the historic Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and adjacent stretches of the Llangollen Canal, through achieving World Heritage Site status, and to develop tourism and community involvement based on this.

Success factors included:

  • Extensive consultation on the World Heritage Site Nomination resulted in local communities along the canal corridor expressing a desire to become involved in its future conservation and promotion.
  • Achieving WHS status has led to plans for the wider development of tourism along the canal corridor based on its heritage.

“The change in world heritage status brings a direct boost in to the local economy because of its increased status. But the key issue is to build upon the heritage attraction and involve the local community to engage in its use and in turn make it even more popular.”     Chris Barnett, Project Co-ordinator,  British Waterways

Click to view the full illustrated good practice: Management of Heritage Sites

To view all 17 good practice posters developed and designed by Landscape Interface Studio, Kingston University on behalf of the Waterways Forward project click here.

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