Birkenhead Park (the world's first publicly-funded municipal park doncherknow?)
A few years ago I was working in the UK heritage sector, and our parks specialist came back from a meeting with the team at Birkenhead, and (knowing of my WHS obsession) was excited to tell me about this propossal.
I must admit it seemed like a long shot back then, and I'm not fully convinced it would come to much, but nearly a decade later they are still plugging away, so it looks like there is some dedicated work going on.
It does look like a very lovely park though, and if royal hunting estates can get their way on to the list I can't see why this form of landscape design, which has influence and public interaction, shouldn't at least be considered of equal merit.
The UK list tends to get updated after about 15 years, so I imagine we may start to see some early activity on a new set of sites now. Unlike some other countries we don't tend to put forward 2 or 3 sites every year, so current pace seems to be in keeping.
The Flow Country looks promising, none of the others particularly excite me to be honest (though I will admit there is a partial reluctance on my part to get fully behind Chatham as that would stop a bid from Portsmouth, which I think has an opportunity to make a better WHS, and it is also my home town :)).
Cresswell Crags still feels like it is on the t-list by mistake.
I can't even pin it to some minister in the revolving door at DCMS trying to get a local site propossed for their newsletter, as the local MP was Dennis Skinner. With the best will in the world I doubt he would have had much sway with the Conservative led department at the time of the update.