The Lake District has been officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in a move that is expected to benefit locals and visitors alike. Having been awarded one of the highest accolades on the planet, the Lake District finds itself in illustrious company, joining the likes of the Great Wall of China, the Grand Canyon and Taj Mahal.
What has been described as a ‘momentous’ decision was earlier announced by UNESCO on Twitter after the committee convened in Krakow, Poland to discuss 33 nominated sites around the world.
The Lake District has been praised as an area of natural beauty with incredible lakes, spectacular mountains and luscious rolling hills. It won its status thanks to its contribution to farming and the inspiration it has provided to artists and writers over the decades. Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth are among the writers famous for writing both in and about the area.
The latest addition means that the UK now has 31 world heritage sites including the Tower of London, the city of Bath, Stonehenge, Blenheim Palace, Canterbury Cathedral and Giant’s Causeway.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport formally entered the bid in 2016. Speaking shortly after the announcement, John Glen, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism said “The Lake District is one of the UK’s most stunning and ancient landscapes and I am thrilled it has been granted world heritage site status.”
As reported by The Guardian, the Lake District attracts around 18 million visitors a year, generating a total of £1.2bn, and providing the area with 18,000 jobs.
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