Birkenhead Park and Port Sunlight in a bid to become World Heritage Sites

Published on : Monday, June 19, 2017

Birkenhead ParkBirkenhead Park and Port Sunlight are set to bid for esteemed World Heritage status – joining the ranks of world famous sites including the Taj Mahal and Egypt’s Pyramids.

World Heritage status is bestowed by the UNESCO highlighting cultural and natural heritage considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. The application process would take several years, but Paul Harris, chief executive of Port Sunlight Village Trust, said it had “bold ambitions” for the model village.

Harris said, “We have bold ambitions for Port Sunlight as a place to live, work and visit and we are in the early stages of considering a World Heritage status bid. If the village was granted such status it would undoubtedly increase the profile of Port Sunlight and its significance nationally and internationally, leading to economic and conservation benefits. However, the application process is long, expensive and risky and to get a fuller picture, we are working on a research project with the University of Liverpool to fully understand the benefits, risks and disadvantages. This will enable us to make a considered decision that ensures the preservation of Port Sunlight’s unique heritage.”

Professor Robert Lee, chair of the Friends of Birkenhead Park, said it could take until 2021 to even apply for being among the World Heritage sites.

World Heritage sites – which can expect to benefit from a higher profile and increased tourism – include monuments, national parks, buildings and wonders of nature like Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.


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