Jurassic Coast team is honoured

PUBLISHED: 12:08 08 June 2010 | UPDATED: 11:11 18 June 2010

THE team who secured UNESCO World Heritage Site status for the Jurassic Coast which begins in Exmouth have been honoured by the Geological Society.

THE team who secured UNESCO World Heritage Site status for the Jurassic Coast which begins in Exmouth have been honoured by the Geological Society.

They received the prestigious R H Worth Prize as part of the Society's 'Presidents Day' last week in London.

It is awarded in memory of Plymouth born Dartmoor geologist Richard Hansford Worth, in recognition of distinguished geological research carried out by amateur geologists, or for work that encourages amateur geological research.

Receiving the award were David Andrew, Chairman of the original World Heritage Steering Group and who worked for Devon County Council as Assistant Environment Director until he retired in January 2006, Professor Denys Brunsden, former Chair of the Dorset Coast Forum, and Tim Badman and Malcolm Turnbull formerly both of Dorset County Council.

The team was brought together by Devon and Dorset County Councils to pursue a bid for World Heritage status.

Together, the team worked with local organisations and individuals to move the bid forward and establish the framework for the management of the site. World Heritage status was gained in 2001 based on the areas unique and spectacular geology.

David Andrew said: "We are delighted to be receiving this award which recognises that the designation of the Jurassic Coast as a UNESCO World Heritage Site has proved invaluable in informing and inspiring a vast range of people about geology and geomorphology.

"We are representatives of much bigger team of contributors who succeeded in having the Site designated and who continue to be involved in the management of the Site today. The commitment of Dorset and Devon County Councils to pursue the application and to provide the resources to continue to manage the Site has been particularly important to this success.

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