Black‌ ‌Country‌ ‌awarded‌ ‌UNESCO‌ ‌Global‌ ‌Geopark‌ ‌status‌
Black‌ ‌Country‌ ‌awarded‌ ‌UNESCO‌ ‌Global‌ ‌Geopark‌ ‌status‌

Black‌ ‌Country‌ ‌awarded‌ ‌UNESCO‌ Global‌ ‌Geopark‌ ‌status‌

Office: UKNC    –    February 19, 2021

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There were huge cheers from around the Black Country today as the region became an official, world-famous UNESCO Global Geopark

Black‌ ‌Country‌ ‌awarded‌ ‌UNESCO‌ Global‌ ‌Geopark‌ ‌status‌

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After submitting its final stage of the application to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) last year, the Black Country Geopark project group has been waiting with bated breath to hear whether it would be successful.

And today, more than ten years on since the project was first conceived and discussed it has become a reality.

The Executive Board of UNESCO has confirmed that the Black Country has been welcomed into the network of Global Geoparks as a place with internationally important geology, because of its cultural heritage and the active partnerships committed to conserving, managing and promoting it.

This means the Black Country is now on a par with UNESCO Global Geoparks in countries stretching from Brazil to Canada and Iceland to Tanzania.


Key information to remember:

  • Black Country becomes UNESCO Geopark
  • Recognised for its important natural and cultural features, for example, the significant part it played in the industrial revolution


  • More than forty geosites have been selected so far within the Black Country geopark


  • Third geopark declared in England


  • The move will benefit the environment, boost tourism, and provide more people with the opportunity to connect with the natural world


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Geopark status recognises the many world-class natural and important cultural features in the Black Country and how they come to tell the story of the landscape and the people that live within it.

In the case of the Black Country, the significant part it played in the industrial revolution has been at the heart of the bid. More than forty varied geosites have been selected so far within the geopark that tell its story as a special landscape but more will be added as the Geopark develops.

Geosites include Dudley and Wolverhampton Museums, Wrens Nest National Nature Reserve, Sandwell Valley, Red House Glass Cone, Bantock Park and Walsall Arboretum.

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