Twenty-five organisations, working together for the future of the Lake District National Park, are inviting people to comment on their new five-year plan tackling the major challenges faced by the World Heritage Site.

Stephen Henwood, chair of the Lake District National Park Partnership, hopes people will have their say and get involved with the issues facing the Lake District including a prosperous economy, climate action – achieving net zero and adapting to climate change and the future of farming and forestry, nature recovery and climate change.

“We’ve a real chance to address the most critical issues facing the Lake District, and all humanity, taking a local approach to shape a better world,” he said.

“Given the scale and complexity of these challenges, delivering the plan will mean working together differently, having a strong influence, and attracting new resources and funding. It’s about residents, businesses and visitors working with us to take action.

“The last plan resulted in some inspiring collaborative work from securing UNESCO World Heritage Site Status in 2017 to attracting funding for pilot farm and nature projects.”

“Government was also lobbied on issues such as affordable homes, better transport and broadband and, across the park, small reductions in net carbon emissions were achieved. And the Partnership acted together well during emergencies - from flooding to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This new plan builds on this success and records the next set of priorities – as asks of others, tasks for the Partnership, areas where local action is key, and lists where research is needed to guide our next steps.”

Steve Ratcliffe, director of sustainable development at the Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) said: “This year we mark the 70th anniversary of England’s largest national park. It follows a pandemic in which we’ve seen the value people place on this protected landscape and how important it is for our and our nation’s wellbeing. It’s a place that’s loved by millions and cared for by many.

“And now there’s a great opportunity to work together to address the most critical issues facing the Lake District through this plan. Already shaped by many - including farmers, landowners, businesses, the tourism industry, local councils including the LDNPA and groups representing different users – it now needs testing with the wider public.”

The consultation runs from May 25 to midday on June 23 and the LDNPA aims to adopt the plan in autumn 2021.

The 25 strong partnership will then commit to seeing the plan being actioned to the end of 2025.

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