UNESCO Awards Lake District World Heritage Site status

The Lake District has joined the likes of the Grand Canyon, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu by being awarded UNESCO World Heritage status. The national park was one of 33 sites around the world to be discussed by the Unesco committee in Krakow, Poland. The committee praised the area's beauty, farming and the inspiration it had provided to artists and writers. It is the 31st place in the UK and overseas territories to be put on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The delegates heard the 885 sq-mile (2,292 sq km) Lake District had been trying to obtain the UNESCO status since 1986.

Lord Clark of Windermere, chairman of the Lake District National Park Partnership which put together the bid, described the decision as "momentous". "A great many people have come together to make this happen and we believe the decision will have long and lasting benefits for the spectacular Lake District landscape, the visitors we welcome every year and for the people who call the National Park their home," he added.

About 18 million people visit the Lake District each year, spending a total of £1.2bn and providing about 18,000 jobs. It is home to England's largest natural lake - Windermere - and highest mountain - Scafell Pike. Other UK UNESCO sites include Stonehenge, Durham Castle and Cathedral, and the city of Bath.

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