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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 July 2007, 19:03 GMT 20:03 UK
Landscapes minister visits Lakes
The Government's new minister for landscapes and rural affairs is to pay a visit to the Lake District.

Jonathan Shaw will be shown the Osprey chicks at Bassenthwaite Lake in the district's National Park on 26 July.

He will also walk up to Latrigg Fell near Keswick to see work being carried out on a new path for disabled people.

Mr Shaw will also hear what is being done to attract "hard-to-reach" groups, such as young people and ethnic minorities to Lakes' beauty spots.

Lake District National Park Authority (LDNPA) chief executive, Richard Leafe, said: "We are delighted and proud that the minister's first national park visit will be to the Lake District.

"These are exciting but challenging times for all of us who are privileged to help manage this fantastic landscape for residents, visitors and businesses."

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