Who is responsible?
The Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site at 19,710 hectares is the largest industrial World Heritage Site in the UK and the second largest in the UK overall.
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee require the Site to be managed in accordance with the requirements of the ‘Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage’ (1972) and the UK Government is obligated to support this objective as a signatory to the UNESCO Convention.
In the UK ultimate responsibility for WHS sites lies with DEFRA central government. The day to day ownership differs between World Heritage Sites; our World Heritage Site is a very large site with 1000s of different ownerships. Approximately 80% of the WHS is in small private ownerships, the remainder is held by organisations such as the Dutchy of Cornwall, the National Trust and Cornwall Council who own large pieces of the World Heritage site. Any questions on specific landscapes should go to the specific owner of that property.
Approximately 80 per cent of the World Heritage Site (WHS) in Cornwall and west Devon is in small private ownerships, with the remainder in local authority or other landowner possession (e.g. the National Trust).
We, as the CMWHS Office are co-ordination unit, whilst we always love to speak to people about our WHS, we do not directly own if you have specific questions or issues relating to a particular piece of land or property the most efficient way to get answers/ action is to contact the respective owners. We have listed some helpful details on our ‘Who else to contact?' page for a range of enquiries from reporting fly tipping or road issues to finding cycling information and public transport information.
Please see our “who else to contact page” in the first instance to check the contact details for the organisation responsible for your query is not listed there, this should help you to get the answers you require more quickly and means our small team can focus on the core WHS work.
If you need to contact the WHS Office directly please email us on the below email. We will endeavour to get back to you within 10 working days.
Thank you for your interest.
Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Office contact;