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Looking after our landscapes

Looking after our landscapes is not about preserving all landscapes in their current form.  Landscapes are continually changing, and this can be positive if it is well planned and managed.  We need to recognise that the capacity of landscapes to accommodate new land uses and development varies from place to place, and we need to make sure that, wherever possible, change results in landscapes at least as good as they are today, and makes the most of the benefits they provide.

Looking after our landscapes is a responsibility shared by all of us.  By working together, SNH and other national bodies, planning authorities, communities and developers can maintain and enhance the diversity and quality of our surroundings, and improve the quality of our degraded landscapes.

If you:

then the management and practical information here should help you.

Information on special landscapes, designated nationally or locally, can be found in the protected areas section of the website.

UK Landscape Award

SNH supports the UK Landscape Award of the European Landscape Convention (ELC). This Award celebrates the important contribution of landscape to making sustainable and distinct places, and shows the benefits a good landscape brings to communities.  More information on this year's (2012) award can be found on the Award website external site , along with information on the Scottish entries and winner of the 2010 award.  The Award is run every two years.  

Tractor and mower cutting heather at Langholm moor. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Managing landscape change

Landscape change - what is it and how can we manage it ?

Wetland and reedbeds at Port Allan on the River Tay near Errol. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

European Landscape Convention

A framework for action throughout Europe.

Kylesku bridge. ©Lorne Gill. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.org.uk

Landscape policy and guidance

Guidance on managing landscapes including policy and guidance by development type.

Windfarm and conifer plantation, Glens of Foundland near Huntly, Grampian Area. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.org.uk

Landscape tools & techniques

Practical tools and techniques for managing landscape change.

Landscape Planning Consultation. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Landscape character assessment

A method for describing and mapping landscapes.

Graeme Walker Area Officer talking with a member of the public in Glen Sannox, Isle of Arran, Strathclyde and Ayrshire Area. ©Lorne Gill/SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

Landscape research & projects

Find out about current SNH work and research on landscape issues.

Housing development, Westhill, Aberdeenshire. © George Logan/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.org.uk

Planning authorities

The role of planning authorities in safeguarding and enhancing landscapes

Schoolchildren and volunteers planting wildflowers at Carmunnock cemetery, Glasgow as part of biodiversity week 2008. Strathclyde and Ayrshire Area. ©Lorne Gill/SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Librar

Communities

Landscape action for communities

Glasgow. ©Lorne Gill. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Scotland's Landscape Charter

Find out about the work of the Forum

Assorted SNH publications. © SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.gov.uk

Landscape resource library

Information, links and references

SNH Staff training event at Flanders Moss NNR, Argyll and Stirling Area. ©Lorne Gill/SNH For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.snh.org.uk

SNH's landscape role

An overview of SNH's remit and responsibilities


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