Our principles for looking after the Lakes

View of a jetty on Derwentwater, the Lake District, Cumbria.

The National Trust has 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.

Nature underpins all that we value in the Lakes, and everything that any of us might seek to achieve. And while the Lake District has an exquisitely beautiful natural environment, it is by no means in universal good health. We are losing soils, our wildlife has declined, and our rivers are in a pattern of repeated flooding. We think that addressing these issues is core priority for the Lake District.  Now is the time to do it, and it will be at the heart of everything we do.

Principles for looking after the Lakes

We've developed these principles to guide the work that we do to look after this landscape as society's needs change around it.