The Lake District had been announced as the UK’s nomination for 2016 World Heritage inscription.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport said earlier today (9 January) it is inviting the Lake District to prepare a case for the coveted UNESCO World Heritage badge.
It's now on track to join the Great Wall of China, Egypt’s pyramids and the Taj Mahal as an internationally recognised location.
“It would provide the globally recognised branding the Lake District and Cumbria and our tourism industries are seeking - it would tell the story of what makes this place so special to the outside world, and to the people of Cumbria. It will give the opportunity to promote this unique status, increase civic pride and attract more cultural tourism, boosting our economy.”
– Lord Clark of Windermere, Chair of the Lake District World Heritage Bid
The Lake District has been recommended as the UK’s nomination for 2016 World Heritage inscription.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport said it is inviting the Lake District to prepare a case for the coveted UNESCO World Heritage badge.
Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park, Richard Leafe, said it was an exciting and positive breakthrough for the Lake District and Cumbria.
“World Heritage inscription will boost the international profile of the Lake District’s unique awe-inspiring landscape, which has evolved over thousands of years.
We believe it is possible to strike the balance between conserving our historical cultural roots at the same time as encouraging regeneration to meet the needs of a thriving, modern region. World Heritage designation can help us meet this tough challenge..."
– Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park