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Lake District World Heritage Status

Whinlatter, view to Bassenthwaite Lake and Osprey platform from Dodd wood. North West England FDThe Lake District is a World Heritage Site
Whinlatter Forest is proud to be part of the World Heritage Site!

The Lake District has become a World Heritage Site joining iconic locations such as the Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as a place of international acclaim. The bid was put together for UNESCO recognition in the cultural landscape category.

The Lake District World Heritage Site is the UK’s largest World Heritage site at 229,200 ha.

Three themes underpinned the bid for World Heritage Site status, recognising the Lake District National Park as an evolving cultural landscape of international significance. The themes:
identity – The Lakes are a dramatic and unique landscape which has been formed through man’s activities, such as forestry and land management. The result is an evolving working landscape, an evolving masterpiece.
inspiration - Whinlatter and the wider Lake District has inspired many of the world’s greatest artists, writers and thinkers over the years and the landscape is still a source of inspiration today challenging the traditional perceptions of what culture in the Lake District means
conservation - A true love of the Lake District created a drive to protect and Tweed Valley Osprey ringingconserve it. The combined work of nature and human activities have produced a landscape of harmony and beauty. Due to Forestry Commission’s sustainable land management, we have formed an evocative scenery,  a perfect place for wildlife to thrive and visitors to explore. Our forest management and investment has ensured your Lake District Forests and Woodlands are here for future generations to enjoy.

The Forestry Commission is deeply rooted within the World Heritage Status. Our land management has combined the work of nature and human activities to create an area of beauty, where wildlife thrives.  Whinlatter Forest is a beautiful forest for personal emotional enrichment and conservation. This is our evolving landscape – your Lake District Forests to explore, discover and relax.

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Last updated: 29th June 2018

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.