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Landscape and the historic environment

A shared heritage

Scotland's landscape has been shaped by both natural processes and human activity over thousands of years. This historical dimension contributes to the quality and character of the landscape and the cultural identity of Scotland. In recognition of the important relationship between landscape and the historic environment, the Strategic Historic Environment Forum external site has now prepared a common statement  PDF document   This statement sets out a vision for the historic dimension of landscape and how it can be better acknowledged and valued in policy and practice. It will be accompanied by an action plan which will be taken forward by Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland and other stakeholders.

Understanding how people have shaped the landscape

Complementing Scottish Natural Heritage's Landscape Character Assessments (LCA), a programme of Historic Land-use Assessment (HLA), undertaken by the former Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (now Historic Environment Scotland), provides detailed information on the historic aspects of the landscape in the shape of maps external site . Understanding Historic Landscape Character (HLC) (Topic Paper 5) external site  describes the complementary relationship HLC/HLA has with LCA, and highlights their important differences and provides specific advice on HLA and HLC.

Safeguarding historic landscapes for an enriched future

Key national designations include Gardens and Designed Landscapes, Battlefields, World Heritage Sites and National Parks. Some of Scotland's historic landscape features have statutory protection as listed buildings, scheduled monuments or because they are in Conservation Areas. Scottish Natural Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland have also produced guidance on local landscape designations which is re a planning tool that allows local authorities to plan, manage and promote locally important landscapes.

Scottish Natural Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland have also produced guidance on local landscape designations. You can comment on the draft revised guidance until 3 March 2017.


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