Welsh slate mine to be nominated for UNESCO world heritage site status

The Welsh slate quarry landscape in Gwynedd, North Wales is to be nominated for UNESCO World Heritage status.

If the bid is successful, the area could join the likes of the Taj Mahal and the Great Barrier Reef on the list of the world’s most significant sites of outstanding cultural or natural importance.

Gwynedd’s slate region incorporates quarries, mines, railways and villages, and is not only a stunning landscape, it also has great historical importance.

Welsh slate is naturally beautiful, highly durable and weather-resistant, making it one of the most sought after roofing material in the world.

At its peak, Welsh slate was being shipped all around the globe. It is said that Welsh slate “roofed the industrial revolution”.

The UK’s heritage minister, Michael Ellis, said: “Gwynedd’s slate landscape is hugely important. Its vast quarries and mines have not only shaped the countryside of the region but also countless buildings across the UK and the world.”

Since the industry’s collapse, the landscape that the quarries carved into the Welsh countryside has begun to be reclaimed by nature, making it more beautiful than ever. Hidden within rolling fields and dramatic mountain sides you can find peaceful, still, turquoise quarry pools and unique slate landscapes.

The nominated area in Gwynedd, North Wales, includes Ogwen Valley, Ffestiniog railway, Dinorwig quarry, and Aberllefenni slate quarry.

The decision won’t be made whether to grant UNESCO status to the area until 2021. If the bid is successful, the Gwynedd slate landscape would join three other UNESCO sites in Wales, the Castles and Town Walls of Edward I in Caernarfon, Conwy, Beaumaris and Harlech.

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