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. The event will be a celebration of the unique cultural landscape of the Lake District and in addition to the unveiling will feature a selection of musical performances in conjunction with Theatre by the Lake. Members of the community are invited to attend this special day for the Lake District. The event will take place in Crow Park and members of the public should arrive at the Lake Road entrance by 10am.
The journey to World Heritage Site status was led by Lord Clark of Windermere, managed by the Lake District National Park Partnership and submitted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Historic England. Chairman of the Partnership, Lord Clark of Windermere, welcomed the news and encouraged people to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event.
UNESCO asks all World Heritage Sites to celebrate their status by erecting an official plaque, but with so many inspirational view points to choose from across the Lake District, a number of locations and plaques were considered by the Partnership. The criteria included a stunning landscape view, good public access for all and strong representation of the three World Heritage Site themes of cultural landscape: identity, inspiration and conservation. National Trust’s Crow Park, overlooking Derwent Water, was chosen for this special event.
As with other large scale World Heritage Sites, the Partnership intends to host further visitor information and interpretation across the landscape of the National Park in the future.
The special inscription event was made possible through funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development as part of the LEADER programme.