A PROJECT which manages upland areas in West Yorkshire has won an award for its conservation work.

The South Pennine Watershed Landscape Project, run by Pennine Prospects, has won the prestigious UK Landscape Award.

The three-year-old Lottery-funded project has carried out improvement work at various locations on the West Yorkshire/Lanca-shire border including Scammonden Reservoir and Marsden Moor.

The project, which involves local volunteers, will now be entered into the European Landscape Awards next year.

Natural Environment Minister Richard Benyon said: “I am delighted that the South Pennine Watershed Landscape Project has won this award. It is a project with wide-ranging impact, a powerful expression of local identity and sense of place and is testament of the hard work of the people who have played their part in the formation of this distinct landscape.”