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Lake District confirmed as UK nomination for World Heritage status

View of Ullswater from Gowbarrow Park Photo: Lake District National Park/Andrew Locking

The Lake District has been put forward as the UK's 2017 nomination for World Heritage status.

It's the country's only submission for next year following the Government’s announcement in 2014 that it would be submitting the Lake District for consideration in the category of ‘cultural landscapes’.

Since then, the Lake District National Park Partnership has been working with 25 partners, including the National Trust, Cumbria County Council and Forestry Commission to create a case for international recognition.

“The Lake District is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and important landscapes in the UK, so it is only fitting that the area be nominated for World Heritage site status.

"Not only would this formally recognise its unique identity, but also provide a significant boost to the local tourism industry and encourage even more visitors to visit this vibrant area.”

– David Evennett MP, Heritage Minister
The English Lake District’s World Heritage bid nomination dossier Credit: Lake District National Park

The bid document submitted to the United Nations’ cultural agency UNESCO highlights how the Lake District inspired the Romantic poets and is the birthplace of a global conservation movement, including the early formation of the National Trust.

If the bid's successful the Lake District would become Cumbria’s second World Heritage Site after Hadrian's Wall.

There are 29 World Heritage sites in the UK, four of which are in the category ‘cultural landscape’ including the volcanic archipelago St Kilda in Scotland, and the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape in Wales.

“This marks a significant milestone for the bid and is an opportunity for all the partners involved to celebrate their contribution.

"We have submitted a strong bid to UNESCO, showcasing how the landscape is a living example of a cultural landscape. It has been shaped by the people who farm and work in the Lake District over thousands of years, alongside the millions who visit and take inspiration from this special place every year.

"The next stage is for people to get involved and ‘back the bid’ and help us achieve the global recognition the Lake District deserves in becoming the UK’s largest World Heritage site.”

– Steve Ratcliffe, Chair of the Lake District’s World Heritage project management group