Lake District nomination for World Heritage status

Wasdale towards Great Gable - voted Britain’s favourite view © John Malley

Wasdale towards Great Gable - voted Britain’s favourite view

Latest update 10.01.2014 19:13

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced earlier today that the Lake District will be bidding for World Heritage Site status in 2016.

We have been caring for this iconic landscape for over 100 years, nurturing both the natural environment and its cultural heritage. Including more than 20% of the Lake District National Park, and England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and its deepest lake, Wastwater, and 90 tenanted farms.

The Lake District is an important natural habitat, as well as one of the country’s most visited places to get outdoors. Mike Innerdale, our assistant director of operations said: 'We have cared for the natural heritage of the Lake District for 100 years and this is a brilliant opportunity to share these special spaces with an international audience.'

Within the Park area, there are 132 places that are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs), as well as 18 Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), more than 16 lakes and miles and miles of pathways enjoyed by 15 million people every year.

We look after 24 lakes and tarns, as well as the legacy of Beatrix Potter, who gifted 14 farms to us. One of our founders, Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, began his campaign to preserve the Lakeland landscapes from Allan Bank, in Grasmere.

The Trust is a member of the Lakes Partnership, which submitted the most recent bid for nomination to World Heritage Status.