Lake District becomes World Heritage site
The English Lake District has become a World Heritage Site, joining iconic locations such as the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as a place of international acclaim.
The announcement in Krakow has led to jubilation among 25 organisations in the Lake District National Park Partnership, which had put the bid together for UNESCO recognition in the cultural landscape category.
Chairman of the Partnership, Lord Clark of Windermere, described the prestigious status as momentous and of great benefit for locals, visitors, tourism, businesses and farming.
Three key themes underpinned the bid for World Heritage Site status, recognising the Lake District National Park as a cultural landscape of international significance. These include world-ranking examples of identity, inspiration and conservation.
“It is this exceptional blend which makes our Lake District so spectacularly unique, and we are delighted UNESCO has agreed. A great many people have come together to make this happen, and we believe the decision will have long and lasting benefits for the spectacular Lake District landscape, the 18 million visitors we welcome every year and for the people who call the National Park their home,” said Lord Clark.
Buttermere from Hindscarth Edge © Andrew Locking
Swinside Stone Circle © John Hodgson
The Lake District is England's largest national park, and is home to the country's highest mountain and deepest lake. It is one of the UK's most stunning and ancient landscapes, combining a vibrant and thriving farming community with thousands of archaeological sites and structures. The Lake District now joins just over 1,000 World Heritage Sites worldwide.
“The Lake District is an evolving landscape that has changed over time and will continue to do so. Improving landscape biodiversity and looking after our cultural heritage underpin the Partnership's management plan which sets out how, together, we will look after the National Park as a World Heritage Site for everyone to enjoy,” said Richard Leafe, Lake District National Park Chief Executive.
For more information about the Lake District visit www.lakedistrict.gov.uk.
Throstle Garth packhorse bridge © John Hodgson;
Ullswater © Andrew Locking
Ennerdale © Andrew Locking