Tuesday, 01 December 2015

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Cumbria's Lake District to be nominated as World Heritage site

The Lake District will be the UK's next nomination as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Lord Clark photo
Lord Clark

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport today said it is inviting the area to prepare a case for the title.

The move has been welcomed by the Lake District National Park Partnership, which has been campaigning to have the region listed for its spectacular cultural landscape.

England’s largest national park is now on track to join the Great Wall of China, Egypt’s pyramids and the Taj Mahal as an internationally recognised location.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said the district has been recommended for the distinction in 2016.

He added: "The UNESCO nomination process can be very demanding and success is not guaranteed but I believe the Lake District deserves to be recognised and inscribed as a World Heritage Site and I wish all involved the very best.”

Lord Clark of Windermere, chairman of the heritage bid, said the accolade would attract more cultural tourism, boosting the economy.

National Park chief executive Richard Leafe said it was an exciting and positive breakthrough.

“We believe it is possible to strike the balance between conserving our historical cultural roots at the same time as encouraging regeneration to meet the needs of a thriving, modern region. World Heritage designation can help us meet this tough challenge – attracting valuable international cultural tourism will also be a catalyst for increased investment in heritage, culture and farming to help us make the most of our greatest asset, the spectacular cultural landscape,” he added.

Once the nomination has been submitted, it will undergo an 18 month process of scrutiny and evaluation by UNESCO and its advisory body, the International Council on Monuments and Sites.


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