BIG NEWS .... the Lake District has officially been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status, thank you for all your hard work over the last 30 some years!! You should find all sorts of useful information including a toolkit that helps as many people as possible promote and start benefiting from World Heritage Status.
In other news we are looking for a new Chair for the Partnership . After 10 years of service, and having helped us celebrate our 10th Anniversary and successfully navigate our way into being a World Heritage Site, our current Lord Clark of Windermere is stepping down. We now need a wonderful new Chairperson preferably with knowledge and love of the Lake District to help us convert our words and passion into action. Do you have the skills to guide our work and a desire to help us overcome the challenges and capitalise on the opportunities we face? Can you commit up to 24 days a year to something really special? Or maybe you know someone who has ... if so please see www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/aboutus/jobs and for an informal discussion, ring Steve Ratcliffe on 01539 792622.
The June meeting had three main themes World Heritage Site potential inscription, community vibrancy with a particular focus on housing, and best farming and Brexit. It was a lively and productive meeting. We also ran a second community engagement workshop building on the work started in February further exploring the developing engagement model and its application to local work.
With ACT (Action with communities in Cumbria) taking the lead we started to explore best practice around community engagement, essential if the Partnership is to achieve it's shared vision that the Park be 'an inspirational example of sustainable development in action' by 2030. This work engagement is ongoing, we are developing the approach through a number of 'pilot / case study' pieces of work lead by Partners and hope to present the partnership with an approach that can be formally adopted.
Having identified Natural Capital as key strand underpinning the Cumbria Catchment Pioneer, which Partners learnt about in October 2016, Partners agreed this was a topic that they would benefit from some support and learning development around. January saw the Partnership run an introductory Natural Capital workshop with three main objectives:
The workshop was attended by over 70 people, from Partner organisations and others. Participants heard from organisations, farmers and local industry. This is a theme we hope to develop further, the workshop summary report is available.
The December meeting saw Partners get out into the Park visiting a local farm to consider what the Natural Capital approach is and how it could be applied to Partnership and Partner organisations work. We heard from farmer Will Cockbain, United Utilities Jonathan Dobson and LDNPA's Andrew Herbert about how this approach is already being implemented and had a good conversation around some of the big questions and thinking points that carried over into the theme of the afternoon meeting.
The Partnership held their AGM marking and celebrating 10 years of Partnership working together. You can view the papers on the 4 & 5 October meeting page. The meeting also provided the opportunity for the ICOMOS assessors (advisors to UNESCO on the matter of the Lake District's application to become a World Heritage Site) to join the meeting to see how the Partnership works in relation to the Partners, local residents, visitors and the National Park. This also marked the beginning of a new approach for the Partnership team with Partners seconding staff into the role of Partnership Manager on a two year job share basis. Liz Davey and Eric Barker joined the team, Liz is employed by the Environment Agency and Eric by Copeland Borough Council.
The Partnership meeting was held on 21 September, you can view all the papers on the 21 September meeting page, along with a meeting digest and the draft minutes. It was a jam packed agenda with some really interesting discussion items, including Connecting Cumbria, the Partnership's Carbon Budget, fell fencing, major infrastructure projects, to name but a few! The next meeting will be held on 7 December 2015, where the Partnership will receive an update on the Partnership Improvement Project and the See More transport programme.
The Lake District National Park Partnership's Annual Report for 2014 - 2015 has recently been published. This reports sets out the Partnership's achievements across all four themes of the Vision, where they have done less well and the future of the Partnership.
The Partnership met on 22 June. You can read a full digest of the meeting and visit the meeting webpage to read the papers. This interesting and varied meeting covered a whole host of topics, from a University of Cumbria 'Knowledge Hub' to the latest tourism figures as well as session which asked the Partners to think about how we can collectively improve the Partnership, looking back and looking forward. The Partnership meet again on 21 September.
The May Partnership meeting saw a significant step in the Partnership's journey towards potential World Heritage Site status, as they approved the nomination dossier. This comprises of a Nomination Document, which sets out the case for World Heritage Site status, and the Partnership's Plan which sets out the management of the Lake District, both as a National Park and for the first time as a prospective World Heritage Site. Read the May Meeting Digest for full details.
The May Partnership Enews has also been released which includes further updates on the World Heritage Site bid, the latest tourism figures, 'Lakes Culture' and much more.
The Partnership met on 9 March. You can read a Meeting Digest which sets out what the Partnership discussed and agreed. They meet again on 11 May to agree and endorse the Partnership's Plan 2015-2020 and the World Heritage Site Nomination Document.
The Lake District National Park Authority, Windermere Lake Cruises Limited and Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway Company Limited are pleased to announce the joint purchase of land at The Parks, Lakeside, Newby Bridge. The three organisations have entered into a consortium to enhance public transport and access links, including securing future public access to the site through new pedestrian and cycle routes. Feasibility work will include options to improve links with the National Trust property at Fell Foot.
The Partnership met on 1 December. Among the quarterly updates from the Partnership Subgroups and the Partnership's Plan monitoring report, the Partnership received a presentation on the National Trust's plans for Sustainable Land Management. They also received an update on the World Heritage Site nomination work and the Partnership started to think about the breakthrough actions that are required to deliver the strategies in the Partnership's Plan 2015-2020.
The Partnership met on 22 September. At the meeting the Partnership received the latest carbon budget update, which showed some really encouraging carbon savings. They also saw the draft Cumbria Local Nature Partnership Strategy to realise a vision for Cumbria's environment, including biodiversity, farming, fishing, water and carbon. Finally, the Partnership looked at the latest draft of Part One the Partnership's Plan 2015-2020, which includes the strategies for the National Park and began to explore options for the compilation of Part 2 of the Plan which will include the all important actions.
Since its establishment in 2006, the Lake District National Park Partnership has started some excellent, and often challenging, initiatives. The monitoring of the Partnership Plan records the achievements as they happen. The successes and achievements of the Partnership are also recorded in the Partnership Annual Report:
We produce a Partnership Enewsletter which highlights the issues and achievements in the work of the Partnership: