Berwick upon Tweed in the north of Northumberland has been awarded membership of the UK Cittalslow network. This concept embraces the quality of life in a town, with emphasis on caring for the residents, workers and visitors to the town whilst protecting the environment and showcasing local goods and produce.
The 3 bridges of Berwick upon Tweed
I’ve lived in Berwick for just over a year now and I believe that this will be a positive influence in the town. Ludlow was the first Cittaslow in the UK and it uses this as part of i’s marketing strategy to attract visitors. Part of the attraction of a Cittalslow is that the town is not just like many other towns you might visit but has unique shops and restaurants where much stock is locally sourced. Berwick is already a unique town by virtue of its geographical location next to the River Tweed estuary and coast plus the Elizabethan town walls so the Cittaslow concept already has a solid foundation. You can read more about the area in my guide to North Northumberland.
I read that Perth, the county town of Perthshire, one of my favourite towns in Scotland has also been admitted to the Cittaslow group.