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..."
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