The Prince of Wales unveils the Lake District as a UNESCO World Heritage site

During a visit to Cumbria, The Prince of Wales officially unveiled a plaque dedicating the Lake District as a UNESCO World Heritage site in the category of 'cultural landscapes'.

The day in Cumbria started with a wonderful welcome for The Prince at Langwathby Railway Station, where His Royal Highness met local schoolchildren and volunteers who help maintain the station.

The National Trust's Crow Park, which looks over Derwent Water, was the site chosen for the Lake District's UNESCO plaque.

There are three themes that underpin the Lake District World Heritage Site as a cultural landscape of international significance. These are identity - the dramatic farmed landscape; inspiration - art, literature and love of the place; conservation - people fought for and continue to look after this special corner of England.

His Royal Highness then visited the National Centre for the Uplands at Newton Rigg College; a state-of-the-art sheep husbandry centre that is helping to safeguard the future of hill farming across the country.

The Centre is supported by The Prince's Countryside Fund, which was established by His Royal Highness in 2010 and aims to enhance the prospects of family farm businesses and the quality of rural life. 

The Prince then enjoyed a boat trip around beautiful Ullswater on the vintage steamer 'Lady of the Lake', which is run by Ullswater Steamers – a business that dates back to 1877.

The day finished with a visit to paper manufacturer James Cropper PLC to see how the company is recycling takeaway coffee-cups into high quality paper and packaging.

His Royal Highness also joined a roundtable discussion with senior business leaders and stakeholders associated with the industry to learn what more businesses can do to create value from waste. The roundtable was hosted by Business in the Community (BITC) of which The Prince is a founding Patron.