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Children across Cumbria join Lake District world heritage status bid

Students from St Herbert’s primary school with their World Heritage schools pack Photo: Lake District National Park

In a bid to get the Lake District a world heritage status, organisers have provided children across Cumbria with writing tools, encouraging them to share their stories of growing up in the region.

The Lake District National Park’s learning co-ordinator, Ruth Suddaby, said the exercise was about getting a valuable perceptive on children’s thoughts and ideas. It aims to encourage them to get involved in the exciting World Heritage campaign.

We’re asking for community interviews and stories through words, photographs, videos and drawings. We want messages too and thoughts to share in 50 to 100 years’ time.

It’s an excellent way for children to learn more about their environment, history and the Lake District generally. Each area will have a winning class, which gets a video camera for their school.

– Ruth Suddaby, Lake District National Park’s learning co-ordinator
Children at Threlkeld primary school with their Lake District World Heritage school packs Credit: Lake District National Park

A National Park ranger and mother, Suzy Hankin, whose children go to St Herbert’s in Keswick, said the initiative encouraged children's thoughts to be inventive.

As the Lake District is bidding for World Heritage recognition it’s great that our children can be involved. Their words, suggestions and pictures will be there for future generations to enjoy.

There’s loads of learning to be had too and I’m sure the mission will go down well with teachers and pupils alike.

– Suzy Hankin, National Park ranger

The World Heritage pack for schools is still available with the closing date for entries being on Friday, 16 June.