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The Forestry Commission is inviting residents of Derbyshire to name a landmark stone feature on top of Old Pale hill at Delamere Forest in Cheshire.
One of the best viewpoints in Cheshire, Old Pale offers stunning panoramic views from the summit, and Derbyshire is just one of eight different counties which can be seen from the top.
The feature incorporates different types of stone from each of the eight counties, and the viewing platform at the top indicates some of the landmarks which can be seen, including Jodrell Bank and views as distant as the Peak District and Liverpool and Manchester City centres.
The finishing touches are just being made, and the feature is likely to be fully completed by September, when it will be unveiled with its new name, chosen from suggestions from people living within the eight counties.
Vernon Stockton, from the Forestry Commission at Delamere, says:
“The stone feature on top of Old Pale is intended to create a destination that people will want to come and visit and sit and enjoy the extensive views.
“Ever since the land at Old Pale was first acquired by the Forestry Commission, local community participation has been encouraged throughout its development, and getting people from each of the counties that can be seen from the summit to name the feature is a continuation of this.”
The person who comes up with the winning suggestion will have their name, along with the name they have suggested for the viewpoint, immortalised by being engraved within the feature.
Kelda Platt, Senior Landscape Architect on the project, says:
“The design of the stone feature, which is sympathetic to the existing landscape, is inspired by spiral patterns in nature, such as uncurling ferns and the arrangement of pine cones, so people could think along these lines as well as the county views when coming up with a name.”
People who wish to enter should forward their name suggestions to Vernon Stockton at the Forestry Commission’s Delamere Office, by emailing Vernon.firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Delamere Forest, log on to www.forestry.gov.uk/delamerehome
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. Images of Old Pale are attached. Higher resolution versions are available by calling 01524 782086.
2. The Forestry Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in Britain with responsibility for over one million hectares (2.4 million acres) of forest, woodlands and open countryside. The North West England Forest District covers the Lake District in Cumbria, the Forest of Bowland in Lancashire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Cheshire. The forests today are managed for conservation, wildlife, landscape and recreation as well as providing a valuable source of timber. www.forestry.gov.uk/northwestengland
Vernon Stockton at Delamere on 01606 882167.