THE Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre has received international recognition in the Landscape Award of the Council of Europe.

The centre was highlighted for its work to preserve the landscape, engaging people to learn more about their surroundings and prompting action in supporting its preservation

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs selected The Sill to represent the UK’s nomination. Defra stated the centre’s innovative ability to inspire, involve and engage a variety of people in learning, participation and conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of landscapes as the reason behind its selection.

Tony Gates, chief executive of Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “We are delighted that The Sill has been recognised for such a prestigious award and we want to thank the Council of Europe for their recognition and commendation.

“We would also like to thank the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs for choosing our centre as the UK entry. We want to use this recognition as another stepping stone in The Sill’s development and ensure it continues to inspire future generations to engage with the landscape.”

The Landscape Award is intended to raise awareness of the value of landscapes, their role and changes to them.

National parks minister Lord Gardiner said: “This award is well-deserved recognition of the fantastic efforts undertaken by the Northumberland National Park Authority with a contemporary building being part of one of England’s most beautiful landscapes.

“The Sill Centre perfectly encapsulates one of our 25 Year Environment Plan’s key ambitions to connect more people with the natural environment, and I would encourage a visit to this exceptional winner.”

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By Joshua Boyles