How we're working to look after the Lake District
So many people love the Lakes. The area plays a part in the lives of millions of people as a place to visit on holiday; hiking, swimming, sailing, camping out under the stars. For local communities it’s a place they call home and where they work.
We have been looking after special places in the Lake District on behalf of the nation for the past 120 years. It’s our birthplace, our spiritual home, somewhere we care deeply about. It's here that we look after England's highest mountain and deepest lake, over 20% of the national park and all manner of wildlife and habitats.
The landscapes in the Lakes have a timeless beauty you'll often hear described as 'natural'. But in reality, these wild landscapes have been tamed and adapted to meet the needs of society. And whilst the Lakes may look picture-perfect, this landscape isn't in perfect health.
A changing landscape
With rapid changes in the environment and the economy, our needs are changing. And the landscape's needs are, too. We are playing our part in leading the thinking about how to manage this land for the good of society and of nature in that context of change. It’s not just about how we look after the special places in our care as the National Trust, but also about the role we play in the whole of the Lake District.
" A sort of national property, in which every man has a right and an interest who has an eye to perceive and a heart to enjoy."
Here's some of our people in the Lakes
" It’s such a wonderful place – the scenery, the people. When it came time to retire we moved up here because we were always holidaying here – spending the holidays here with the kids since they were knee-high. It’s just a fantastic place to be."
The Lake District serves the very practical needs of society. Thirlmere provides drinking water to 800,000 people in Greater Manchester. The national park gives immeasurable benefits to health and wellbeing for millions by providing a place to come and experience beauty, nature, fresh air and the great outdoors. The food produced by the many farms which form the fabric of the landscape.
Nature and culture entwined
This is a defining feature of the Lake District; you don’t get one without the other. People have been here building bridges, hefting flocks, writing poems for most of the years since the ice crept back up to the North Pole, 12,000 years ago. When we get the balance right, we’re part of nature in the Lakes. This sits at the heart of what we imagine for the future.
An evolving landscape
You can’t just take a landscape in the Lake District and protect it like a famous oil painting. The valleys and fells here are evolving masterpieces, as much about the future as the past. They are always in a process of change, being shaped by the actions of nature, people, and time. So, working with change to keep the landscape alive and thriving is part of our responsibility.