Beauty spots shortlisted for national eco tourism awards; COUNTRYSIDE.
Part of the 1,000-acre Tatton Park has been shortlisted for a new independent tourism award in The Northern Hidden Gems Awards after being nominated by the public.
The awards aim to recognise the best independent businesses, journeys and beauty spots on Northern Rail's network and highlight the very best of the region's hidden gems.
Three popular attractions are competing in the Best Beauty Spot category - the other two categories in the regional heat are for Best Shop and Best Restaurant.
Tatton Park was nominated for the Best Beauty Spot Award by Edmund Myerscough, who said of one of its woodlands: "It is at the far end of Tatton Park and not accessible by car so not many non-locals know it''s there. It is an area of Special Scientific Interest due to its wet woodland habitat which is rare in Cheshire and it's home to less common birds like the willow tit."
Ian Bevan, managing director at Northern Rail, said: "We have had a great response to the Hidden Gems Awards and have uncovered some real hidden gems in Cheshire and Merseyside, thanks to local people.
"The Northern Hidden Gems Awards are all about celebrating the best and we feel Cheshire and Merseyside have some great contenders for the network-wide final."
The regional winners will be announced in November and will then compete against five other regions in the north of England for the chance to be named overall winners or highly commended, receiving a plaque commemorating their win and appearing on posters across the northern network.
The project is aimed at highlighting and driving tourism, customers and footfall to the best of the region's hidden gems, including restaurants, shops with a personal touch, well-loved attractions, hidden beauty spots and great journeys by foot, bike, car or rail which can be missed out or overlooked by tourists or people travelling through the area.
* For more information on the awards and to vote in each category, visit www.facebook.com/northernhiddengems.
Families in Sefton Park, which has been nominated for a national award
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|Publication:||Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Nov 11, 2011|
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