You might’ve heard that earlier this year, the Lake District was confirmed as the UK nomination for World Heritage status.
This is something that’s incredibly exciting for everyone who lives and works here, and those up and down the UK (and around the world!) who have a fondness for the area.
We are fully behind the bid to help the Lake District become recognised on a global scale. It’s all part of our ethos behind promoting the Real Lakes, and encouraging visitors to the area to enjoy the ‘real’ Lake District and attractions such as Dove Cottage, Blackwell and Abbot Hall Gallery to name just a few.
The Lake District is the UK’s only submission for 2017 following the Government’s announcement two years ago that it would be submitting the Lake District in the category of ‘cultural landscapes’. Since then, the Lake District National Park Partnership has been working with 25 partners to create a compelling case for international recognition.
If successful, this would be Cumbria’s second World Heritage Site, including Hadrian’s Wall in the north of the county. The bid takes place in 2017 and if the Lake District is successful in achieving World Heritage Site status, it will stand shoulder-to-shoulder among the global greats, such as the Great Barrier Reef, the Taj Mahal and the Tower of London, to name but a few.
To find out more, you can now read the full nomination document on the Lake District National Park website here. The bid is being delivered by the Lake District National Park Partnership on behalf of a group of supporting organisations. The bid will go to the UK government who will review and in turn submit it to UNESCO.
We’ll be backing it and we hope you will be too - let’s put the Lake District on the worldwide map!