Following an intense series of inspections last summer, the status of the English Riviera UNESCO Geopark has been assured.

The Geopark has been awarded another four years membership of the expanding Global Geoparks Network, now 161 Geoparks in 44 countries supported by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

Torbay first gained Global Geopark status in 2007 which recognises the international importance of local geological heritage while exploring, developing and celebrating the links between that geological heritage and all other aspects of the area’s natural, cultural and intangible heritage.

Kents Cavern boss Nick Powe, chairman of the Geopark since the beginning, said: “I am delighted the Geopark has received a green card for another four years. This reflects the hard work of the Geopark management team in the Torbay area over the last four years.”