The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced earlier this year that Birkenhead Park would be included on the UK Tentative List for potential nomination for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
While inclusion on the Tentative List does not guarantee that Birkenhead Park will progress to be nominated to UNESCO, the park’s inclusion on the Tentative List is still seen as a significant step closer to that goal.
To find out more about this great project, residents are invited to attend one of the park’s information sessions. You’ll be able to meet with the park’s team who will help you understand more about this ambition, and what it may mean for the park, our visitors and our neighbours and local communities.
DROP-IN INFORMATION SESSIONS
- Wednesday 17th May, 10.30am – 2.30pm
- Saturday 20th May, 10.30am – 2.30pm
- Thursday 1st June, 4pm – 7pm
The information sessions take place at the Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre’s Gallery Space.
Birkenhead Park, which opened in 1847, was a pioneering project to bring greenery to urban environments and provided a blueprint for municipal planning that has influenced town and city parks across the world, including New York’s Central Park.
When it was announced that Birkenhead Park had made the Tentative List, David Armstrong, Assistant Chief Executive of Wirral Council, representing Birkenhead Park, said, “Already Wirral residents hugely value Birkenhead Park and this is shown by the fact that it is visited by nearly two million people every year.
“For several years, it has been an ambition of Wirral Council and partners – including the Friends of Birkenhead Park – to seek UNESCO’s recognition of the Park and its immediate surroundings as a World Heritage Site. To be included on the UK Tentative List for potential nomination to UNESCO for World Heritage Status is fantastic news and shows we are one step closer to achieving that ambition.
“A successful application for WHS status would also bolster the wider regeneration of Birkenhead and if ultimately accepted as a World Heritage Site this flagship Park would have its place in history cemented even further, as well adding further to its international recognition.”