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There are parts of the English Lake District's World Heritage story that warrant further explanation. The traditional methods of farming the fells and mountains include hefting, a way of farming that is incredibly important in the Lakes, in the past but also now and into the future. Below Mervyn Edwards MBE, former upland farming adviser for MAFF, Defra and Natural England, and now member of the English Lake District World Heritage Site Technical Advice Group explains what hefting is.
The reasons why the English Lake District is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or what our Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) is, are complicated. They are both tangible and intangible and this makes explaining them difficult.
So when the chance comes along to try and explain OUV via professional photography, you should really grasp the opportunity quickly.
Sunday 12th January is the National Trust’s 125th anniversary. Happy birthday!
The National Trust was established back in 1895 by Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley. They shared a belief in the importance of historic places and green spaces, and fought to preserve them for everyone’s ‘enjoyment, refreshment and rest’. Today the National Trust is Europe’s largest conservation charity, with 5.6 million members, 65,000 volunteers and 14,000 staff, caring for over 250,000 hectares of farmland, 780 miles of coastline and 500 historic properties, gardens and nature reserves, for everyone, for ever.
Here is an example of a local business capitalising on the English Lake District’s World Heritage status, that is truly world-class.
Farrer’s of Kendal have launched World Heritage Coffee. Their first limited edition of World Heritage Coffee is Finca El Edén which was launched at 2019’s Westmorland County Show. Farrer’s have sourced beans grown in the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then roasted them in the Lake District.
One of the legacies of the Cumbria Tourism England's World Heritage Story - The North project, was the creation of a business toolkit.
This publication provides businesses with an introduction to the English Lake District World Heritage Site and how it could help them.
The first book about the Lake District as a World Heritage Site has just been published. Titled Hows and Knotts: A Guide to Lakeland Views the book explains why the Lake District received the World Heritage accolade from UNESCO by taking the reader to 22 viewpoints in the National Park and then describing features of interest and why they are there.
Lakeland Farm Visitor Centre is a new and exciting authentic farm visitor experience in The Lake District. Located at Ings, between Staveley and Windermere the centre offers a great day out for the whole family.
Thursday 18th April is World Heritage Day. World Heritage is the shared wealth of humanity, both natural and cultural. Protecting and preserving these valuable assets needs the collective efforts of all communities. This celebratory day provides the chance to raise awareness about the diversity of cultural heritage and the efforts that are required to protect and conserve it.
England’s Northern World Heritage Story: The North is a VisitEngland Discover England Fund project led by Cumbria Tourism. Its primary goal is to raise awareness of and increase visitor numbers to the six UNESCO World Heritage Sites in across Northern England - Saltaire, Hadrian's Wall, Durham Castle & Cathedral, Studley Royal Park & Fountains Abbey, Liverpool Mercantile Maritime City and the English Lake District.
Jamie Lund, deputy chair of the WHS’ Technical Advisor Group and the National Trust’s Archaeologist & Cultural Heritage Advisor, recently represented the English Lake District World Heritage Site and the Lake District National Park Partnership at two conferences in San Francisco.
The English Lake District is part of a UK family of 31 World Heritage Sites, from St Kilda in the north, to the Cornish Mines in the south. This family even extends beyond the UK’s shores to a handful of overseas territories, in the Atlantic and all the way to the Pacific. This group comes together once a year for the annual World Heritage:UK conference.
One year on from the momentous day in Krakow when the English Lake District became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the organisations behind the successful bid are celebrating the achievements to date and looking to the opportunities that lie ahead.
It feels like the Lake District is riding on the crest of the wave and this is great news for culture and our visitors. March was a magnificent month for our wonderful region - and especially successful for the arts.
His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, has been confirmed as the guest of honour at a special community event to mark the Lake District as a World Heritage Site on 26 March. The Prince of Wales will attend the event at Crow Park, Keswick, and unveil the official UNESCO plaque to mark the designation.
We were given the exciting opportunity to spread the word that the Lake District is now a World Heritage Site to millions of people across the UK in September. Thanks to Royal Mail all stamped post sent on 28 September had the greeting 'Celebrating the Lake District World Heritage Site #WeAreTheLakes'.
It’s official - the Lake District National Park has been granted World Heritage Site status. So to celebrate, this summer we're inviting visitors to Cumbria's shows and festivals to join us on a free 360 virtual tour of this iconic cultural landscape. First up, the BirdHIVE experience returns to Kendal Calling in Lowther Deer Park, 28 - 30 July, with brand new 360 VR Lake District scenes.
William Wordsworth, in The Prelude, describes how the natural world of the Lake District meant so much to him from early childhood and how essential nature is to the human soul. The Lake District is still an area where there are many special places for nature and wildlife managed for the intrinsic value of their biodiversity and geology, for the benefits they provide and for the pleasure they bring to locals and visitors alike.
Brockhole, the Lake District Visitor Centre will host an exclusive World Heritage interactive exhibition wall from Easter onwards, leading up to the announcement of potential inscription as a World Heritage site in the summer.
Although the beauty and the scenic landscapes of the Lake District have inspired several writers over the centuries, the one that has become synonymous with the National Park is William Wordsworth, one of the country’s best-loved poets.
World Heritage Blog post courtesy of holidaycottages.co.uk
This year we’ve been celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, the world famous author, illustrator, farmer and supporter of the National Trust.
To bring the year to a fitting close, we are delighted to announce the launch of the National Trust Beatrix Potter Awards.
Last week we completed a major milestone in the Lake District’s nomination to be a World Heritage Site, with two expert assessors from UNESCO’s cultural heritage advisory body visiting us. It was a near impossible task to do this wonderful place justice in just a week, but the Lake District National Park, together with a range of organisations from the partnership, pulled together a fantastic programme showcasing three key themes of the bid: identity, inspiration and conservation.
The Lake District National Park Partnership is celebrating this week after its ‘Evolving Masterpiece’ communications campaign for UNESCO World Heritage status was named as a finalist in the Northern Marketing Awards 2016.
The dramatic Lakeland peaks, lakes and landscapes have been providing creative inspiration for generations and Lakes Culture has continued to seek out the talent in recent years too, with a series of stunning artworks that captivate imaginations across the county.
From today (26 August 2016), fans of the Lake District National Park will be able to soar like a bird, scale a mountain and ripple across the top of a lake – within just three minutes, by experiencing BirdHIVE – a 360 degree virtual flight tour of the iconic Lake District.
Euston Station welcomed ‘a host of golden daffodils’ earlier today, as part of a new campaign to encourage the public to see the Lake District as ‘Wordsworth Country’ once again.
The Wordsworth Trust wants to get ‘Wordsworth Country’ back in the popular imagination, and raise awareness of the many sites of natural beauty that helped inspire the writer whose works have helped to draw visitors to the region which he described as “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found”.
Jane Watson, Marketing & Communications for BP150 Project, National Trust tells us all about her work for the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter, just one of the writers inspired by our beautiful, World Heritage nominated cultural landscape...
We’re looking forward to launching Bird HIVE, a 360 degree virtual flight tour of the iconic Lake District, at Kendal Calling and Lakes Alive festivals this summer in support of the World Heritage bid. Festival goers are being given the chance to soar like a bird, scale a mountain and ripple across the top of a lake, within just three minutes, taking a bird’s eye view of four iconic Lake District locations.
Lake District festival goers are being given the chance to soar like a bird, scale a mountain and ripple across the top of a lake – within just three minutes, by experiencing Bird HIVE – a 360 degree virtual flight tour of the iconic Lake District.
Bird HIVE is an innovative, interactive virtual reality experience showcased at Kendal Calling and Lakes Alive festivals this summer in celebration of the Lake District National Park bid to become a UNESCO World Heritage site.
London is unshockable. So when two young women and a 9 year old girl, dressed in white long-johns and red shorts started wrestling on the lawn opposite Big Ben, the reaction was curiosity rather than surprise.
The wrestlers were Tracy, Connie and Rosie Hodgson from Dent who gamely agreed to the capital day out to promote Ambleside Sports, the new women’s world championship in Cumberland wrestling which will be staged there in July.
This year’s Keswick Mountain Festival (Friday May 20) will mark the start of a rally call to all who love the region to unite in their support for the Lake District World Heritage bid by declaring ‘I’ve herd’.
Photographer and Writer team Rob and Harriet Fraser have chosen seven spectacularly located trees across Cumbria for a two-year project called The Long View. They are recording their walks to these trees through photography and writing, and are leading a public walk to each of the trees through the summer and autumn of 2016. Find out how you can get involved.
TV Chef Peter Sidwell has officially 'backed the bid' and has joined the campaign for the Lake District to become a UNESCO World Heritage site. The team here asked Peter to share with us how he has been inspired by the beautiful surroundings and he certainly didn't disappoint...
Herdy, the iconic Lake District sheep brand has joined a growing list of organisations to state their support for the Lake District's quest for World Heritage status, becoming the lead commercial collaboration partner and creating a unique ‘United by Herdy’ logo for the bid campaign. The friendly face of Herdy will now be used to encourage visitors, residents and everyone who loves the Lake District to unite in their pride and back the bid.
Children from schools across South Lakeland have been celebrating as their attempt to write the World’s Longest Letter rolls in at a whopping 290 metres in length – as high as the smallest Wainwright fell, Castle Crag!
TV Chef Peter Sidwell has officially 'backed the bid' and become the latest supporter to join the campaign for the Lake District to become a UNESCO World Heritage site. The team here asked Peter to share with us how he has been inspired by the beautiful surroundings and he certainly didn't disappoint...
Residents and visitors to Cumbria are being called up to write a message of support for the region’s UNESCO World Heritage Bid by visiting Brockhole -the Lake District Visitor Centre - and in the process boost the attempt to write the World’s Longest Letter.
The Lake District is a cultural landscape that has inspired generations of artists, writers, industrialists, entrepreneurs and farmers to shape the world around them. It is continually changing as communities, visitors and businesses blend together to create an evolving masterpiece.