‘Towards UNESCO Geopark status for the Yorkshire Wolds’

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Towards UNESCO Geopark status for the Yorkshire Wolds
A PLACE conference held in Market Weighton Community Hall on Saturday 30th June 2018

The distinctive landscape of the Yorkshire Wolds is based primarily on the underlying Chalk geology. This one-day conference was organised to explore and evaluate the feasibility of the Yorkshire Wolds being proposed as a UNESCO Global Geopark.  A number of speakers outlined their disciplines to provide an insight for delegates into the Wolds under the various UNESCO Geopark criteria, including a report from a student from the University of Hull who has undertaken a feasibility study as part of his degree.  The conference closed with an open forum with the speakers answering questions from the delegates. There was unanimous support for the proposal for the Wolds to seek Geopark status.

The speakers were:

  • Malcolm Hodgson – Introduction to Geoparks
  • Richard Myerscough – Geology and Landscapes
  • Clare Whiteley – Archaeology
  • Phil Gilbank – History
  • Paul Moon – Photography
  • Jon Traill – Natural History and Dew Ponds
  • Patrick Wharam  –  Footpaths
  • Ben Grewer – Research report

There were displays and PLACE books on sale.  A short article about the conference will appear in the York Press.



Posted on by Margaret Atherden