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 World Heritage Site management lies with central government. The land ownership status of World Heritage Sites also differs significantly from Site to Site; our World Heritage Site is a very large ‘serial’ Site, comprising ten separate Areas with thousands of different ownerships. Approximately 80% of the World Heritage Site is in small private ownerships, the remainder is held by organisations such as the Duchy of Cornwall, the National Trust and Cornwall Council. Any questions on specific landscapes should go to the owner of that property.

We, as the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Office, are the co-ordinating management team within Cornwall and west Devon. Whilst we always love to speak to people about our Site, we do not own or directly manage any of the the mining landscapes.  

If you have specific questions or issues relating to a particular piece of land or property, the most efficient way to get answers is to contact the respective owner. 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 and public transport information.

If you need to contact the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Office directly please email us using the email below. We will endeavour to get back to you within 10 working days.

Thank you for your interest.

Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Office;

Email: Enquiries@cornish-mining.org.uk

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