More than 40,000 people in the Lake District are being urged to shape the national park's future.
The Lake District National Park Partnership is contacting 79 parishes asking for comment on a draft management plan.
It covers a variety of topics, including landscape, housing, tourism, jobs, water quality, access to services, farming and forestry and links to the current bid for World Heritage (WH) status.
"These are exceptional times for us. For the first time the management plan becomes an integral part of our WH bid and we need to know what residents, visitors, businesses, groups and organisations think and want."
All 40,000 people living in the Lake District will be asked for their views on how the national park should be managed in the future.
A plan is being drawn up to look at such issues as housing, tourism and jobs. People's views will be used to form part of the bid by the Lake District to become a World Heritage Site.
The organisation that promotes and protects one of Cumbria's biggest tourist attractions is coming up with a plan for its future.
That's despite the news last week that the Hadrian's Wall Trust is going to close because of money problems.
Matthew Taylor reports.
After thirty years of trying, the Lake District today moved a significant step closer to becoming a world heritage site.
It's been announced that it's being put forward as the UK's nomination to be considered by UNESCO in 2016. So, if successful, what would it mean for the area?
Tim Backshall has been finding out.
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.”
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:
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..."
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.
The Lake District National Park Authority is applying for the fourth time for World Heritage status.
However, there are some in Cumbria who would rather they did not try again.
Watch the full report from Fiona Marley Paterson below.
Jan Wilkinson from Honister Slate Mine near Keswick says if the Lake District National Park is awarded World Heritage status it could hinder business development .