The Lake District has submitted a bid for World Heritage status, 25 of the area’s leading organisations formally endorsed the Lake District’s nomination.
Partners, including the National Trust, Cumbria Tourism and Natural England, agreed the documents that make the Lake District’s case for being globally important and therefore deserving a place on the prestigious World Heritage list.
The nomination document defines why the Lake District deserves the international status of World Heritage inscription and outlines the future management, development and conservation of the Lake District, not only as a National Park but now also as a prospective World Heritage Site.
The nomination has been submitted to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and English Heritage for checking. After a draft submission and feedback stage, a final nomination dossier will be submitted to UNESCO in February next year. The Lake District will find out the UNESCO World Heritage Committee’s final decision in July 2017.
Mike Innerdale, assistant director of operations for the National Trust in the Lake District, said: “Caring for the future of this unique landscape is at the heart of the National Trust’s work here in the Lake District, but we work alongside many partners. The strength of this plan is that each partner has contributed not just their expertise, but also their commitment to nourishing this iconic landscape for the long term, both for the communities that live and work here and for those who experience it as a visitor. The future of a healthy, vibrant Lake District is in good hands.”
Richard Greenwood, head of operations for Cumbria Tourism, added: “It has taken a huge effort from all the partners to reach this stage. We believe there will be real benefits for the county’s visitor economy from World Heritage inscription – for example, just a one per cent increase in cultural visitors could boost our economy by about £20m.”
This is the most significant milestone for the Partnership’s bid since January 2014 when the government confirmed the Lake District’s nomination.
A copy of the Partnership’s Plan, nomination document and ideas to get involved in the World Heritage campaign can be viewed on the World Heritage website: www.lakesworldheritage.co.uk/bid/