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News article created on 7 January 2016

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct nominated for award

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, Britain’s longest and highest aqueduct, has been nominated for BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Heritage Site of the Year Award. Now we're calling on the public to vote for it in the awards.

Pontcycyllte Aqueduct Pontcycyllte Aqueduct

Now in their fifth year, the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015-16 are a celebration of our countryside and its people – from great heritage attractions and our favourite holiday destinations, to the best nature reserves and the finest rural pubs.

BBC Countryfile Magazine asked experts in each field including BBC presenters John Craven, Ellie Harrison, Chris Packham and Miranda Krestovnikoff; to draw up a shortlist of nominees for each category.

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct was constructed by famous canal engineers Thomas Telford and William Jessop between 1796 and 1805, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct is a masterpiece of civil engineering and forms the centrepiece of a World Heritage Site.

Vote online

People can either vote online on the BBC Countryfile Magazine website, www.countryfile.com/awards2015-2016, or via post. Voting closes on 31 January. The winners will be announced in an online ceremony in March and will appear in the May issue of the magazine.

Wendy Capelle, waterway manager, Glandŵr Cymru said: “We are thrilled that the Pontcysllte Aqueduct has been nominated for BBC Countryfile Magazine’s Heritage Site of the Year Award. The Aqueduct is one of the most popular visitor sites in Wales and we’re asking everyone to vote for this magnificent structure which carries the Llangollen Canal over 100 feet over the River Dee in the Welsh countryside.”