The National Trust's purchase of Thorneythwaite Farm

1 September 2016

The National Trust's purchase of Thorneythwaite Farm: 

Statement from Richard Leafe, Chief Executive of the Lake District National Park, on 1 September 2016.

"The Lake District’s nomination to become a World Heritage Site is currently being reviewed by UNESCO in the category of ‘cultural landscape’. The outcome will be announced in July 2017 and the bid is being supported by more than 25 organisations including the National Trust and farming groups.

"As a cultural landscape the Lake District will be judged on the way the landscape has been shaped and continuously evolved over time. Farming plays a critical role in this, alongside other industry. The bid equally celebrates the role that this landscape has played in inspiring artists, such as Wordsworth, and the birth of the modern conservation movement, including the National Trust.

"We do not expect the individual break-up or sale of farms such as Thorneythwaite to impact on the World Heritage bid. We support the role of farming in the Lake District. The management plan for the Lake District National Park seeks to ensure traditional farming continues as a core part of the World Heritage bid. The plan also recognises that farmers, land owners and managers, including the National Trust, need to improve our landscapes for wildlife, flood risk management and other public benefits.”

There is further useful information on the National Trust's press office website: