Lake District on course for World Heritage award

The Lake District is on course for the same global recognition as some of the world’s most iconic sites after being recommended as the UK’s nomination for 2016 World Heritage inscription.

Word Heritage bid for Lake District

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

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Lake District is UK's next World Heritage nomination

The Lake District could become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Government has announced that the national park will be the UK's next official nomination for the coveted prize.

If it is successful, the Lake District will join iconic international sites like Egypt's pyramids and the Great Wall of China.

Richard Leafe, Chief Executive, Lake District National Park spoke to ITV Border about the news:

World Heritage award would 'boost' profile of Lake District

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

Lake District on course for World Heritage award

The Lake District is on course for the same global recognition as some of the world’s most iconic sites after being recommended as the UK’s nomination for 2016 World Heritage inscription.

In an announcement made today, 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.

The news has been welcomed by the Lake District National Park Partnership, which has been campaigning to have the universally acclaimed region listed for its spectacular cultural landscape.