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Lake District becomes a World Heritage Site

Lake District becomes a World Heritage Site

The Lake District was today (9 July 2017) named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site joining iconic locations such as the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and Grand Canyon as a place of international acclaim.

Three key themes underpinned the bid for World Heritage Site status, recognising the Lake District National Park as a cultural landscape of international significance. These include world ranking examples of identity, the dramatic farmed landscape; inspiration, art, literature and love of the place. This in turn sparked the birth of conservation, people fought and invested to look after this special corner of England.

The bid was submitted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Historic England as the UK's only submission in 2016.

Locals and visitors across the Lake District are being invited to celebrate the UK's latest World Heritage Site this weekend by coming together for a Picnic in the Park! Marking the first weekend as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (15 and 16 July) lovers of the Lake District are encouraged to take a trip to their favourite picnic spot, café, garden, fell or iconic lakeside view in the National Park and share their photos using #WeAreTheLakes, which will appear on the World Heritage website.

For more information visit the Lakes World Heritage website.