World Heritage recognition for Lake District a significant achievement – Charles
The Prince of Wales unveiled a commemorative plaque outside the Theatre On The Lake in Keswick.
The Prince of Wales praised the Lake District as he unveiled a plaque declaring the area a World Heritage Site.
Charles spoke before the unveiling outside the Theatre By The Lake in Keswick on Monday.
He said: “Whenever I come here and, in the words of Psalm 121, ‘lift up mine eyes unto the hills’, I feel my spirits rise and I know the same is true of countless others.”
The national park in Cumbria joined the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon and Stonehenge when it was added to the list of areas with World Heritage Site status last year after being backed by a Unesco committee.
The @lakedistrictnpa is officially a @UNESCO World Heritage Site!— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) March 26, 2018
The stunning @nationaltrust's Crow Park, overlooking Derwent Water, was chosen at the location for the official plaque. pic.twitter.com/DwIJoTPUie
Charles told crowds at the event, held on the banks of Derwentwater: “I could not be more delighted to be with you here today on this very special occasion in what I happen to think is a particularly special part of the world.
“Official recognition by the Unesco World Heritage committee of the Lake District National Park as a World Heritage Site is a significant achievement, which I am told has taken 31 years.”
The Lake District looking lovely this morning. The Prince of Wales has been in the area to unveil a plaque declaring it a World Heritage Site pic.twitter.com/b6Ce0UxSfJ— Eleanor Barlow (@EleanorBarlow) March 26, 2018
He congratulated those involved, including Lord Clark of Windermere, chairman of the Lake District National Park Partnership, who led the bid, and called for collective working in the countryside to create harmony between different interests.
He said: “Over the last 17 years I have made regular visits here, beginning at a time of crisis during foot and mouth.
“Over these years, as I have come to know local people and understand these unique farming communities, I am continually struck by their resilience and ability to overcome trials, whether of family tragedy, pestilence or flooding.
“But, ladies and gentlemen, we cannot take the survival of these very special communities for granted. Successful rural businesses are a prerequisite to delivering benefits for the public.”
Lord Clark thanked the prince for attending the event.
He said: “We know he is a regular visitor to the county and we appreciate it so much.”
Environment Secretary Michael Gove was also at the event, along with Michael Ellis, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism.
There were performances by schoolchildren and cast members from productions at the Theatre By The Lake before Charles unveiled the plaque, built on top of a dry stone wall.
Shelagh Hughes, headteacher of St Herbert’s Primary School, said: “The children were very excited to perform but they took it really seriously because they knew how important it was.
“The Prince of Wales said he enjoyed it and the choir sang beautifully.
The @lakedistrictnpa became a World Heritage Site in the category of 'cultural landscapes'.— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) March 26, 2018
The Prince enjoys some musical performances at today's community event, courtesy of Theatre by the Lake (@tbtlake) pic.twitter.com/erqFZLI5ox
“He seemed very cheerful so I think he enjoyed his visit.”
Charles arrived in the region on the Royal Train at Langwathby station.
Next, The Prince, as Patron of the Prince's Countryside Fund, is visiting the National Centre for the Uplands at @NewtonRigg College.— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) March 26, 2018
Established in 2011, with support of the @countrysidefund, the Centre is training the next generation of hill farmers. pic.twitter.com/ZiDSgLH3Sy
Later, he was due to the visit National Centre for the Uplands at Newton Rigg College and a Kendal paper manufacturer which recycles takeaway coffee cups.