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Orkney World Heritage Site management plan public consultation session

5 March 2013

A public consultation session will be held later this month as part of the development of the next five year Management Plan for The Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.

The workshop will be held on Thursday 21st March, at the Standing Stones Hotel, Stenness from 7pm until 9.30 pm.

The Heart of Neolithic Orkney is one of the most important Neolithic landscapes in western  Europe and consists of the chambered tomb of Maeshowe, the Stones of Stenness, the Barnhouse Stone, the Watchstone, the Ring of Brodgar and associated funerary monuments and stone setting, and the Skara Brae settlement.

The area became a World Heritage Site in 1999 and a number of organisations, including Historic Scotland, Orkney Islands Council, Orkney Archaeological Trust RSPB and Scottish Natural Heritage, are dedicated to safeguarding the special values, qualities, authenticity and integrity of the Site. Working together these bodies have already delivered several key projects to protect and promote the site.

Alice Lyall, Historic Scotland's Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site Co-ordinator said: “The World Heritage Site plays an active and important role in the lives of the people of Orkney, providing economic, cultural, educational and spiritual benefits. As part of its World Heritage status, UNESCO requires Management Plans to be drawn up every five years.

“These plans are important as they help us outline the special qualities and values of The Heart of Neolithic Orkney Site. It establishes a framework for future decision making as it provides essential information on the issues and opportunities of the site, allowing it to be managed in a sustainable manner.

“Many interested groups and individuals may wish to be involved in the revision of this management plan and the public consultation will provide them with the opportunity to get involved. It is an excellent chance to find out what actions the public believe might benefit the site over the next five years and I hope that many people come along to the consultation.”   

Places at the consultation session are limited and must be booked 48 hours in advance. Please call 01856 873 761 to reserve a place, or email

The results of the workshop will inform the full draft plan, which will be available for public consultation later in 2013.

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

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