The English Lake District has become the UK’s latest nomination for World Heritage site status following confirmation of the bid being received by UNESCO, the United Nations’ cultural agency.
This is the UK’s only submission for 2017. It follows the Government’s announcement in 2014 that it would be submitting the Lake District for consideration in the category of ‘cultural landscapes’. The bid for the Lake District to be given World Heritage Status has been led by the Lake District National Park Partnership, working in partnership with 25 organisations including the National Trust.
The Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) and Historic England submitted the four volume nomination to UNESCO for review during the next 12-18 months ahead of a decision being made in summer 2017.
Responding to the announcement Mike Innerdale, National Trust Assistant Director of Operations in the Lake District, said: “We are delighted that the bid has now been received by UNESCO. This is the culmination of a significant amount of hard work by a number of partners in pulling together a very strong bid. The submission recognises the role of the Trust within the creation of the UK and worldwide conservation movement and we look forward to welcoming UNESCO to the Lake District later this year as part of this process.”
The National Trust cares for a fifth of the land in the Lake District National Park, including England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and its deepest lake, Wastwater. We own 90 tenanted farms in the National Park and look after many of its historic buildings – among them William Wordsworth’s childhood home.
Many of the Lake District farms in our care were gifted to the Trust by Beatrix Potter, author of the Tale of Peter Rabbit and a champion breeder of the Herdwick sheep that have come to define the area. This year marks the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth.
Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, one of the National Trust’s Victorian founders, was vicar of a parish near Kendal and devoted much of his life to campaigning to protect the Lake District from enclosure and development.
Follow the Lake District World Heritage bid at www.lakesworldheritage.co.uk.