Ain't no mountain high enough — Lake District given world status

Date: Monday 10th July 2017
A scenic shot of Derwentwater
A scenic shot of Derwentwater

THE awarding of world heritage site status for the Lake District national park has been broadly welcomed today.

At the fourth time of asking, a meeting of UNESCO in Poland agreed that the area should become the 31st in the world to be awarded the honour and the fifth in the UK.

World heritage sites are recognised for their outstanding universal value which means their "cultural or natural heritage transcends national boundaries". They are considered important to both present and future generations.

Lord Clark of Windermere, chairman of the Lake District National Park Partnership, said: “Joining the UNESCO family, both in the UK and globally, is a huge opportunity for the Lake District national park.

"We believe this designation will have long lasting benefits for everyone who visits, lives and works in this special place."

Richard Leafe, chief executive of the Lake District National Park Authority, said: “The Lake District is an evolving landscape that has changed over time and will continue to do so. Improving landscape biodiversity and looking after our cultural heritage underpin the partnership’s management plan which sets out how, together, we will look after the national park as a world heritage site for everyone to enjoy.”

Full story in Saturday's paper