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12th July 2017

Lake District becomes World Heritage Site

There has been great joy and celebration for the twenty five organisations who make up the Lake District National Park Partnership following the announcement in Krakow, Poland that the Lake District National Park has been awarded World Heritage Site status.

This puts it on a level which other internationally known sites including the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal and Stonehenge. It has been formally recognised by UNESCO in the cultural landscape category and this award is expected to benefit the local area with increased tourism. Richard Leafe, the Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park stated that as the park has evolved and changed over time then the management of the Partnership will look after the cultural heritage of the landscape of the new World Heritage Site so that all can enjoy it. The bid was the only one submitted by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Historic England in 2016. Following the successful recognition the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, John Glen said "The Lake District is one of the UK's most stunning and ancient landscapes and I am thrilled it has been granted World Heritage Site status." He also added the fact that this award will raise the position of the Lake District National Park internationally, thereby increasing the number of visitors and benefitting businesses and local communities. Both locals and visitors are encouraged to celebrate the first official weekend of the park's new status (15th / 16th July) by having a picnic in their favourite spot in the park.

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