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Thirty-five organisations across Cumbria led by the County Council are keen for the Lake District to sit alongside the Taj Mahal, Egyptian pyramids, the Grand Canyon, Hadrian’s Wall and Stonehenge as a United Nations’ World Heritage Site. Cumbria and the Lake District are vibrant, working places with a long cultural history. Generations of farming families have created the landscape we all enjoy today and international recognition for Cumbria is well deserved.

The spectacular scenic qualities have been an inspiration to influential writers, poets and artists who introduced spiritual and other cultural benefits of beautiful countryside to the world and were inspired to form what has become a worldwide landscape conservation movement.

There are no cash prizes for recognition, but being ranked alongside an international A-list of leading sites would have a positive economic and social impact on Cumbria. The nomination by the UK Government to UNESCO could happen as early as 2011. The Park Authority has already stated that World Heritage Site status would not bring any additional planning restraints.

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Allerdale Borough CouncilCopeland Borough CouncilNatural EnglandCarlisle City CouncilCumbria County CouncilSouth Lakeland District CouncilFirst MilkFriends of the Lake DistrictUnited Utilities plcForestry Commission
Lake District National Park AuthorityThe University of CumbriaCumbria VisionNatwestNorthwest Regional Development AgencyThe National TrustEnglish Heritage