The Lake District World Heritage Site
We love to share the beauty of the Lake District, so we are delighted with this weekend’s news that the importance of the National Park has been recognised internationally. On Sunday, it was announced that The Lake District would join the likes of the Great Barrier Reef, the Taj Mahal, and the Grand Canyon as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Lake District’s bid has been successful in the ‘Cultural Landscapes’ category, which reflects the themes of identity, inspiration, and conservation.
Part of the bid, which was put forth by 25 organisations in the Lake District National Park, was to help improve the biodiversity of the landscape and to look after the cultural heritage of the area. As the Lake District is the birthplace of the conservation movement, the achievement is of particular importance.
There are just over 1,000 UNESCO World Heritage Sites internationally, and the Lake District becomes the 31st in the UK. It is also the largest in the country and the only UK National Park that is entirely a World Heritage Site. The Lake District joins Hadrian’s Wall as Cumbria’s second World Heritage Site.
We’re excited to see what UNESCO World Heritage Status brings to the Lake District and are delighted that our love for the Lakes can be shared with more people.