Have your say on Fountains Abbey plan

Fountains Abbey.
Fountains Abbey.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal has been reviewing its World Heritage Site Management Plan over the last year and is now calling for final comments by January 31.

Each World Heritage Site must have a management plan, an important document externally endorsed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

The management plan covers a wide range of topics and is used by the estate to inform and guide its development over a six-year period.

Sarah Parkinson, World Heritage Site coordinator at the estate, said: “We’re really keen that people in Ripon and the surrounding areas have their say. We’ve been working hard over the last year to involve as many people as possible. The estate will outlast us all and it’s very important that it is a place that benefits the local community, and that we are proud to hand to future generations.”

The consultation process has involved stakeholder seminars, fun activities for visitors to the estate as part of annual World Heritage Day celebrations, and an event held at Ripon Town Hall in March.

Copies of the draft management plan are available in Ripon library, online at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fountainsabbeywhs and at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal.

You can comment by emailing WHSplan@nationaltrust.org.uk, online at the above web address or by post to Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Ripon, HG4 3DY.