World Heritage Lake District
Famous for its stunning scenery, the Lake District was recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. Joining the likes of the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China, the Lake District is the first UK National Park to receive such recognition. Lord Clark of Windermere, who chaired the bid for World Heritage Lake District, said the decision was ‘momentous.’
The English Lake District is a mountainous area whose valleys were modelled by glaciers in the Ice Age. The combined work of nature and human activity has produced stunning landscapes where the mountains are mirrored in the Lakes. Grand old houses, gardens and parks have been created to enhance the natural beauty of the surroundings.
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Covering 2,292 square kilometres, the Lake District is home to rolling fells, majestic mountain ranges and of course, stunning lakes. The stone-walled fields and rugged farm buildings in their spectacular natural backdrop have attracted visitors for hundreds of years. Many of the most picturesque regions of the Lake District are protected and a huge emphasis is put on conservation so that generations to come can continue to enjoy the region. The latest bid for UNESCO World Heritage Lake District Status was the 885 sq-mile region’s third attempt to be awarded the status and was 30 years in the making.
The first nomination was as a “mixed” site of natural and cultural merits in 1986, and the second, in the cultural category, was made in the 1989. The cultural landscape category, which it won, was created in 1993 in direct response to the region’s previous nominations. The successful bid, managed by the Lake District National Park Partnership, was launched in 2001 as an opportunity to provide a boost in the wake of the foot and mouth outbreak.
It was formally entered by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Historic England. John Glen, minister for arts, heritage and tourism, said: “The Lake District is one of the UK’s most stunning and ancient landscapes. I am thrilled it has been granted World Heritage Site status. “It is a unique part of the world that combines a vibrant farming community with thousands of archaeological sites and structures that give us an amazing glimpse into our past. “This decision will undoubtedly elevate the position of the Lake District internationally, boosting tourism and benefiting local communities and businesses.”
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