New accolade for the Lake District
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.