Gwynedd holds its top slot for heritage

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Heritage gives places identity and local pride. That's according to the new 2016 RSA Heritage Index, published today.

Produced in collaboration with the Heritage Lottery Fund, the annual index combines hundreds of metrics, from historic buildings to local delicacies, revealing which local areas are best at using heritage to foster a distinctive identity.

Gwynedd, home to Snowdonia National Park and a World Heritage Site, retains its top position in Wales.

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Monmouthshire climbs to the number two spot, boosted by high scores when looking at parks and green space, and social history.

Powys comes in at number three.

Devolution means heritage is more critical than ever to the success of individual places – but in many parts of the country, it is still under-appreciated and even ignored.

Matthew Taylor, RSA Chief Executive