As a National Park it is important that we monitor the condition of the Lake District over time. The State of the Park report's purpose is to provide as good a picture as possible of the Lake District, particularly in relation to the special qualities of the National Park. It contains information from a range of sources. However, it is important to understand that we cannot measure everything. Also the things we do measure should be relevant over a long period of time.
This report helps us and our partners see:
The report informs the five yearly review of the Partnership's Plan.
The State of the National Park Report summarises the condition of the National Park using a variety of indicators. These include:
This report provides an overview of the state of the Lake District National Park in 2018, based on a range of historic indicator data identified in the management plan for the park (the Lake District National Park Partnership’s Plan)
This is the first time the Lake District National Park State of the Park report has sought to collate and interpret such a broad range of data to provide a picture of the health of the Park. The data collected is all secondary data, i.e. collected primarily for another purpose but cut to the Park boundary. The use of data in this way comes with caveats and should not be used in isolation. Where there are specific concerns or anomalies these are highlighted against the relevant indicator / data set in the evidence compendium (section 3).
The strategic challenges and issues identified in the State of the Park forms the key evidence base to inform the next management plan for the park. The Lake District National Park Partnership are currently developing a new plan to address some of the issues and challenges identified in the State of the Park report.
The State of the Park Report (March 2012) was the Lake District National Park Partnership's first State of the National Park Report.