Lake District UNESCO bid

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We believe the Lake District deserves worldwide recognition. That's why in 2017 we will bid for World Heritage status, placing the Lake District alongside the Taj Mahal, the Tower of London and the Great Barrier Reef. Join us on our journey.

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For over a thousand years, farming has shaped the Lake District landscape and still defines the character of the area today. Read some of these stories from farmers who are part of the Lake District’s cultural landscape and who are looking forward to living and working within a World Heritage Site.

Will Benson

Will Benson farms at Town Head Farm, which is owned by the National Trust. He has Herdwick sheep and Limousin x cows.

Farming Facts

The Lake District's rich farming heritage is key to the World Heritage bid...

Lizzie Weir

Lizzie Weir is a self-employed shepherd. She currently works on a farm that dates back to 1545 in Ennerdale, west Cumbria.

Alison Park

Alison Park is part of a family run, 341 acre, dairy farm. Aiming to engage the public in 'pick your own' ventures.

Derek Scrimgeour

Derek Scrimgeour is an internationally renowned sheep dog trainer who offers masterclasses at his own farm.

Tom Lorains

Tom Lorains is an entrepreneurial farmer investing in hill top farming in the Newlands Valley.

Hannah Jackson

Hannah Jackson is a young farmer and a member of the generation ambassadors for the National Sheep Association.

Andrew Birkett

Andrew Birkett is the sixth generation of his family to still be farming in the Lake District