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Shoal Hill HeathlandA popular South Staffordshire nature reserve has been given a quality assured rating by the country’s leading tourism authority; Visit England.

 

Shoal Hill Common, which lies between Penkridge and Cannock, has now been awarded ‘Quality Assured Place of Interest’ status after an independent report produced by Visit England praised the site which is home to endangered lowland heathland which is rare both in the UK and Europe.

 

Thousands of walkers, bird spotters and wildlife enthusiasts visit the common every year.

 

Councillor Donald Cartwright, Chairman of the Shoal Hill Common Joint Committee said:

 

“We’ve done a lot of work with Cannock Chase District Council over the past twenty years or so to preserve some of the rare habitats and wildlife on the common and it’s wonderful to see Shoal Hill receiving this status from Visit England.”

 

“Tourism plays a huge part in our local economy so it’s a huge boost to see some of our most popular attractions receiving national recognition like this”.

 

Recent figures released by the council suggest that more than 1.9 million visitors come to South Staffordshire every year, generating more than £91m for the local economy.

 

South Staffordshire Council’s tourism chief, Councillor Bob McCardle, added:

 

"At a time of economic doom and gloom it’s great to see our local tourism industry thriving and attracting more and more people here every year. It’s proving to be a real boost for local business.”

 

 

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