Rutland Water has been nominated as Heritage Site of the Year in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2017.
Now in their sixth year, the awards celebrate our countryside and its people.
Rutland Water, which encompasses Rutland Water Nature Reserve managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust in partnership with Anglian Water, was nominated by author Bill Bryson.
He said: ‘The middle of England is full of delightful attractions that few outsiders visit, but Rutland Water is my favourite because it is lovely, transfixing and a joy to walk around. It is so natural looking that it can come as a surprise to realise that it was built only in the 1970s as a reservoir. It would be hard to think of a more successful large-scale enhancement to the landscape anywhere.’
You can now vote for your countryside favourite, either online on the BBC Countryfile Magazine website, www.countryfile.com/awards, or via post using the form in the February issue.
Voting closes on February 28. The winners will be announced in an online ceremony mid-March and will appear in the May issue of the magazine.
Photograph: a wintery view from the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre (LRWT).
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