May 26, 2018

Ecoscape UK

UNESCO awards Lake District World Heritage Status


At a meeting in Poland on ninth July 2017, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee awarded World Heritage Site status to the Lake District.  In doing so, the Committee praised the area’s beauty, farming and the inspiration it had provided to artists and writers.  It is the 31 place in the UK and overseas territories to be put on the UNESCO World Heritage List alongside Stonehenge, Kew Gardens and Liverpool.

Chris Blandford, President of World Heritage UK and CBA Senior Consultant, described the decision as “fantastic news”. “The Lake District had been trying to obtain World Heritage status since 1986.  This decision recognises the outstanding universal value of this fascinating cultural landscape, which has been so distinctively shaped by nature, farming and industry” he added.

The Lake District was the first national park designated in the UK and is the birthplace of the conservation movement. Chris Blandford Associates was commissioned by the Lake District National Park Partnership to advise on the feasibility of the Lake District World Heritage bid, and also prepared Landscape Guidelines to inform planning and land management decisions in the National Park.


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