Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced earlier today that the Lake District will be bidding for World Heritage Site status in 2016.
The National Trust has been caring for this iconic landscapes for over 100 years, nurturing both the natural environment and its cultural heritage. The National Trust cares for more than 20% the Lake District National Park, including England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, its deepest lake, Wastwater, and 90 tenanted farms.
We look after 24 lakes and tarns, as well as the legacy of Beatrix Potter, who gifted 14 farms to the National Trust. One of the Trust’s founders, Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, began his campaign to preserve the Lakeland landscapes from Allan Bank, in Grasmere.
Mike Innerdale, Assistant Director of Operation, National Trust (North West) said: “The National Trust has cared for the natural heritage of the Lake District for 100 years and this is a brilliant opportunity to share these special spaces with an international audience.”
Within the Park area, there are 132 places that are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), as well as 18 Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), more than 16 lakes and miles and miles of pathways enjoyed by 15 million people every year.
The Lake District is an important natural habitat, as well as one of the country’s most visited places to get outdoors.
The National Trust is a member of the Lakes Partnership, which submitted the most recent bid for nomination to World Heritage Status.