The Peak District National Park has been rated among the ten greatest places in England.
More than 700 people nominated 200 locations in a poll run by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Judges then selected a winner for each region of the country.
The Peak District National Park was chosen for the East Midlands region and will now be put to a national public vote to decide England’s Greatest Place.
The judges said: “It is an astonishing achievement to have protected such a beautiful place over so many years given the pressures on it from the surrounding urban centres. The Peak District was the first National Park - a great place that has been managed by the planning system to conserve and enhance its unique characteristics.”
Sarah Fowler, chief executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “We are very proud of the work we do look after this special place and it is rewarding to see it recognised like this. The Peak District National Park is there for everyone to enjoy and our job is to make sure that is still the case for future generations.’’
England’s Greatest Places is a competition organised by the RTPI to recognise and celebrate some of the country’s most attractive and inspiring places and the role of planners in helping to protect or shape them.
The other regional winners include Letchworth Garden City, Brindley Place in Birmingham and Kielder Park in the North East of the country.
To vote for the Peak District as England’s greatest place, go to http://www.rtpi.org.uk/egpvoting, or Tweet or Instagram your vote to #RTPIgreatplaces. The vote is open until Friday November 20.