Pointing out the juniper planting near Glenridding copyright Jim Thomas

Who's involved in World Heritage Status?

A strong partnership of organisations worked on the nomination to the UK Government and UNESCO. This stage of the bid was taken forward by the Lake District National Park Partnership on behalf of a wider group of supporting organisations.  In October 2013 The Partnership submitted a Technical Evaluation to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. 

In January 2014 Ed Vaizey, the Culture Minister, announced that the Technical Evaluation had been successful. The Lake District was UK's nomination for World Heritage inscription in 2016.

Key dates can be found on the timeline of the Lake District World Heritage Bid website

The Lake District World Heritage Site Steering Group

This is a group of local and national organisations chaired by Lord Clark of Windermere. It had an interest in taking forward the bid for World Heritage Site inscription for the benefit of the Lake District and Cumbria. The bid was managed through a Programme Management Group chaired by the Lake District National Park Authority.

Funders

The project has been funded by a range of local and national organisations:

  • Carlisle City Council
  • Cumbria County Council
  • Cumbria Vision
  • Eden District Council
  • English Heritage / Historic England
  • Forestry Commission
  • Friends of the Lake District
  • Lake District National Park Authority
  • The National Trust
  • Natural England

Sponsors

Private sector sponsors have included:

  • The Lake District Cheese Co.
  • NatWest
  • United Utilities

Supporters

The Lake District World Heritage Project is a partnership of local and national organisations who are represented on the project steering group.

  • Allerdale Borough Council
  • Barrow Borough Council
  • Brantwood
  • Cumbria Association of Local Councils
  • Carlisle City Council
  • Copeland Borough Council
  • Country Land and Business Association
  • Cumbria County Council
  • Cumbria Rural Enterprise Agency
  • Cumbria Tourism
  • Defra
  • Eden District Council
  • English Heritage / Historic England
  • Fells and Dales Leader+
  • Friends of the Lake District
  • Forestry Commission
  • ICOMOS UK
  • Invest in Cumbria
  • Lakeland Arts Trust
  • Lake District National Park Authority
  • Lancaster University
  • Natural England
  • National Farmers Union
  • South Lakes Development Trust
  • South Lakeland District Council
  • The National Trust
  • The University of Cumbria
  • United Utilities plc
  • Wordsworth Trust
  • World Commission on Protected Areas UK

#WeAreTheLakes

The Lake District has become a World Heritage Site joining iconic locations such as the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and Grand Canyon as a place of international acclaim. Find out how you can celebrate the identity, inspiration and conservation of the Lake District on our Lake District World Heritage website.