Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Happy Black Country Day!

As many people across the region prepare to celebrate the wonderful heritage and culture which is all around us, we'd like to wish everyone a Happy Black Country Day, and hope you have a bostin' day!
Today’s date was chosen to mark the region's industrial heritage, as it was the first day that the newly designed Black Country Flag was raised to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the invention of the World's first steam engine, the Newcomen Engine, built in the Black Country in 1712.

Today's Black Country Day is sure to be a special one as it marks the first since UNESCO confirmed that the Black Country had been added to the network of Global Geoparks as a place with 'internationally important geology'.

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

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.

As the Express & Star recently reported; 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 40 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.

Key partners involved in the geopark include Natural England, the Canal and River Trust, the Wildlife Trust For Birmingham and the Black Country, the Black Country Consortium and the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership.

We're proud to be from a region which both played such a major part in the industrial revolution and continues to be a place where modern industries can thrive.


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