New ac­co­lade for the Lake District

Country Life Every Week - - Town & Country - Molly Bid­dell

THE Lake District has made history by be­com­ing Bri­tain’s first Na­tional Park to be granted UNESCO World Her­itage Site sta­tus.

De­scribed by John Glen, Min­is­ter for Arts, Her­itage and Tourism, as ‘one of the UK’S most stun­ning and an­cient land­scapes’, the Na­tional Park is recog­nised as a place of in­ter­na­tional sig­nif­i­cance due to its dra­matic farmed land­scape, the in­spi­ra­tion it pro­vides to myr­iad artists and writ­ers and the park’s con­tin­ued con­ser­va­tion ef­forts. The Lake District has been at­tempt­ing to ob­tain UNESCO sta­tus since 1986 and now joins more than 1,000 World Her­itage Sites.

Lord Clark of Win­der­mere, Chair­man of the Lake District Na­tional Park Part­ner­ship, de­scribes the pres­ti­gious sta­tus as mo­men­tous and be­lieves it will bring great ben­e­fits for lo­cals, tourism, busi­nesses and farm­ing. The area wel­comes 18 mil­lion vis­i­tors each year, spend­ing a to­tal of £1.2 bil­lion and pro­vid­ing 18,000 jobs. The hope is that this new in­ter­na­tional sta­tus will in­crease the value rather than the vol­ume of tourism.

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