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Lake District on course for World Heritage status

THE Lake District is on course for the same global recognition as some of the world’s most iconic sites after being recommended as the UK’s nomination for 2016 World Heritage inscription.

In an announcement made today the Department of Culture, Media and Sport said it is inviting the Lake District to prepare a case for the coveted UNESCO World Heritage badge.

The news has been welcomed by the Lake District National Park Partnership, which has been campaigning to have the universally acclaimed region listed for its spectacular cultural landscape.

England’s largest national park is now on track to join the Great Wall of China, Egypt’s pyramids and the Taj Mahal and other prestigious North West sites such as the Liverpool waterfront and Hadrian’s Wall, as an internationally recognised location.

Chair of the Lake District World Heritage Bid, Lord Clark of Windermere, said: “It would provide the globally recognised branding the Lake District and Cumbria and our tourism industries are seeking - it would tell the story of what makes this place so special to the outside world, and to the people of Cumbria.

"It will give the opportunity to promote this unique status, increase civic pride and attract more cultural tourism, boosting our economy.”

The long-running bid for UNESCO recognition dates back to the 1980s and Lord Clark explained after previous setbacks, the government’s latest endorsement was testimony to ‘enormous hard work and commitment of partners from all sectors’.

Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park, Richard Leafe, said it was an exciting and positive breakthrough for the Lake District and Cumbria.

He explained: “World Heritage inscription will boost the international profile of the Lake District’s unique awe-inspiring landscape, which has evolved over thousands of years.

"We believe it is possible to strike the balance between conserving our historical cultural roots at the same time as encouraging regeneration to meet the needs of a thriving, modern region. World Heritage designation can help us meet this tough challenge – attracting valuable international cultural tourism will also be a catalyst for increased investment in heritage, culture and farming to help us make the most of our greatest asset, the spectacular cultural landscape.”

The campaign for WHS designation has been endorsed by local businesses. Nigel Wilkinson, managing director of Windermere Lake Cruises said: “This is fantastic news for the region. Our world renowned landscape already attracts more than 15 million visitors a year.

"World Heritage status would provide us with a global seal of approval, which will give us a major advantage in attracting high-spending, cultural tourists, particularly from Asia. In basic terms this would mean more jobs and prosperity for Cumbria.”

Once the nomination has been submitted, it will undergo a demanding 18 month process of scrutiny and evaluation by UNESCO and its advisory body, the International Council on Monuments and Sites. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee is expected to take the final decision on the Lake District in July 2017.

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3:31pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Whinfell Walker says...

Frankly I think this is bad news for the Lake Districts. However, it has been coming for a long time, first there was the speed limit ban on Lake Windermere, then banning 4x4s. Next it will be mountain biking, then fell walking. Put the National park in a glass box and watch it from your tour bus, rather than get out there and enjoy it by whatever means you want!
Frankly I think this is bad news for the Lake Districts. However, it has been coming for a long time, first there was the speed limit ban on Lake Windermere, then banning 4x4s. Next it will be mountain biking, then fell walking. Put the National park in a glass box and watch it from your tour bus, rather than get out there and enjoy it by whatever means you want! Whinfell Walker
  • Score: 18

4:26pm Thu 9 Jan 14

carlspur says...

I find it strange that the people asked for their comments on world Status are the only ones who benefit, what about the local community that struggles with business enterprise due to the restrictions already in place due to the LDNPA . Do we really need to have yet another layer of non elected people saying no ?. equally shocked at the comment "....attracting high spending, cultural tourists....." , what about the people who don't have money , I thought this was our(the people's) National Park ....NOT THEIRS !!. Maybe we should expect to pay to come into the park ?, they have suggested it before and we all laughed , well I sadly think this may be true ??!!.
I find it strange that the people asked for their comments on world Status are the only ones who benefit, what about the local community that struggles with business enterprise due to the restrictions already in place due to the LDNPA . Do we really need to have yet another layer of non elected people saying no ?. equally shocked at the comment "....attracting high spending, cultural tourists....." , what about the people who don't have money , I thought this was our(the people's) National Park ....NOT THEIRS !!. Maybe we should expect to pay to come into the park ?, they have suggested it before and we all laughed , well I sadly think this may be true ??!!. carlspur
  • Score: 16

5:21pm Thu 9 Jan 14

lakesailor says...

This could be good news. The other sites mentioned are all built-environment.
"England’s largest national park is now on track to join the Great Wall of China, Egypt’s pyramids and the Taj Mahal and other prestigious North West sites such as the Liverpool waterfront and Hadrian’s Wall, as an internationally recognised location. "
Sounds like the LDNPA needs to re-open the copper mines and encourage the slate quarries as well as get some more cash-crop trees planted and get more sheep on the fells. The we need to re-build the gunpowder factory and the seaplane works.
Going to be a busy few months.
This could be good news. The other sites mentioned are all built-environment. "England’s largest national park is now on track to join the Great Wall of China, Egypt’s pyramids and the Taj Mahal and other prestigious North West sites such as the Liverpool waterfront and Hadrian’s Wall, as an internationally recognised location. " Sounds like the LDNPA needs to re-open the copper mines and encourage the slate quarries as well as get some more cash-crop trees planted and get more sheep on the fells. The we need to re-build the gunpowder factory and the seaplane works. Going to be a busy few months. lakesailor
  • Score: 0

6:55am Fri 10 Jan 14

Moonbase says...

'Strike a balance' and 'High spending cultural tourists'.....both men are deluded in their little glass houses.
Both of them are running Monoplies, and to say that the future of the lakes will come from the far east is quite frankly barmy, I think he's read too many fortune cookies.
These silly people crucified the high spenders when they did away with speed boaters, someone with a 80k boat isn't going to bother about spending a bob or two.
It could easily be managed, as I've said before look at Lake Garda there's something for everyone from speed boats to canoeing...........e
rm perhaps not, I forsee another Jolly Boys outing excuse!!!!!!
'Strike a balance' and 'High spending cultural tourists'.....both men are deluded in their little glass houses. Both of them are running Monoplies, and to say that the future of the lakes will come from the far east is quite frankly barmy, I think he's read too many fortune cookies. These silly people crucified the high spenders when they did away with speed boaters, someone with a 80k boat isn't going to bother about spending a bob or two. It could easily be managed, as I've said before look at Lake Garda there's something for everyone from speed boats to canoeing...........e rm perhaps not, I forsee another Jolly Boys outing excuse!!!!!! Moonbase
  • Score: 3

10:07am Fri 10 Jan 14

life cycle too says...

I have searched through the news stories, and so far, I have not found any indication of how much this bid is going to cost.

There has already been substantial spending in the earlier attempts to have the area nominated.
Lord Clarke of Windermere says he envisages cruise ships calling into Barrow and Whitehaven, and disgorging well off passengers to appreciate the beauty of the area.
Just how are these passengers going to make their way around and visit Honister, Langdale, Ennerdale, Coniston, Grasmere or Ullswater?

This "World Class Visitor Experience" that is being touted requires world class visitors - so the sort of people that can afford to travel from Asia, South America, the Middle East etc. so we can expect a rise in the carbon footprint of our visitors? I hope they all speak English, or can get by in Polish or Czech!
What we really need is the sort of visitor that can afford to visit by seaplane - small in numbers but high spending... but we stopped that by refusing them permission to land on the lake!!
So how about some all weather attractions, so our world class visitors are not put off by our weather? Lakes Sailor hit the nail on the head... let's get building for the future!
I have searched through the news stories, and so far, I have not found any indication of how much this bid is going to cost. There has already been substantial spending in the earlier attempts to have the area nominated. Lord Clarke of Windermere says he envisages cruise ships calling into Barrow and Whitehaven, and disgorging well off passengers to appreciate the beauty of the area. Just how are these passengers going to make their way around and visit Honister, Langdale, Ennerdale, Coniston, Grasmere or Ullswater? This "World Class Visitor Experience" that is being touted requires world class visitors - so the sort of people that can afford to travel from Asia, South America, the Middle East etc. so we can expect a rise in the carbon footprint of our visitors? I hope they all speak English, or can get by in Polish or Czech! What we really need is the sort of visitor that can afford to visit by seaplane - small in numbers but high spending... but we stopped that by refusing them permission to land on the lake!! So how about some all weather attractions, so our world class visitors are not put off by our weather? Lakes Sailor hit the nail on the head... let's get building for the future! life cycle too
  • Score: 7

10:02pm Fri 10 Jan 14

twitchy says...

So what part of the 'cultural landscape' are the zip wires and tree top treks at the rip off visitor centre.
The Park may have 'evolved over thousands of years' but it will only take a few clowns a short time to destroy it with the wrong kind of development.
The £400,000 it costs to apply for WHS, and there have been multiple applications would be better spent on genuine regeneration and conservation instead of exploitation and commercialisation designed only to fill the coffers of the clowns.
So what part of the 'cultural landscape' are the zip wires and tree top treks at the rip off visitor centre. The Park may have 'evolved over thousands of years' but it will only take a few clowns a short time to destroy it with the wrong kind of development. The £400,000 it costs to apply for WHS, and there have been multiple applications would be better spent on genuine regeneration and conservation instead of exploitation and commercialisation designed only to fill the coffers of the clowns. twitchy
  • Score: 7

2:50pm Sat 11 Jan 14

life cycle too says...

It may help to understand the definition by UNESCO, of a World Heritage Status site:
►These may be landscapes, places or buildings but all are considered to have Outstanding Universal Value, from the point of view of history, art or science, which we must pass on to future generations as an irreplaceable source of life and inspiration.◄

I would suggest that the stone axe "factory" on the slopes of the Langdales does deserve WHS, while the rest of the area is already acknowledged, and protected, and has no further need of empire building by the WHS committee or the LDNPA.

Lord Clarks own document states:
►Historic agricultural practises need to be respected in rural areas, and in villages, towns and cities local community activities and traditions are as important as the protection of the built fabric. In both rural and urban situations there is a need to support traditional social and economic activities as a means of sustaining the World Heritage Site’s Outstanding Universal Value.◄
Historic practices... does that mean fox hunting on foot will make a comeback, and all EU interference (and subsidies) in farming practice will be set aside?
It may help to understand the definition by UNESCO, of a World Heritage Status site: ►These may be landscapes, places or buildings but all are considered to have Outstanding Universal Value, from the point of view of history, art or science, which we must pass on to future generations as an irreplaceable source of life and inspiration.◄ I would suggest that the stone axe "factory" on the slopes of the Langdales does deserve WHS, while the rest of the area is already acknowledged, and protected, and has no further need of empire building by the WHS committee or the LDNPA. Lord Clarks own document states: ►Historic agricultural practises need to be respected in rural areas, and in villages, towns and cities local community activities and traditions are as important as the protection of the built fabric. In both rural and urban situations there is a need to support traditional social and economic activities as a means of sustaining the World Heritage Site’s Outstanding Universal Value.◄ Historic practices... does that mean fox hunting on foot will make a comeback, and all EU interference (and subsidies) in farming practice will be set aside? life cycle too
  • Score: 4

2:29pm Mon 13 Jan 14

life cycle too says...

WHAT IS a World Heritage Site?

You can find out via the LDNPA website here:
►http://www.lakedi
strict.gov.uk/caring
for/projects/whs/wha
t-is-a-world-heritag
e-site◄

Which contains a link to here: ►http://whc.unesco
.org/en/criteria/◄
WHAT IS a World Heritage Site? You can find out via the LDNPA website here: ►http://www.lakedi strict.gov.uk/caring for/projects/whs/wha t-is-a-world-heritag e-site◄ Which contains a link to here: ►http://whc.unesco .org/en/criteria/◄ life cycle too
  • Score: 0

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