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Scotland’s Landscape Charter

We are reviewing Scotland’s Landscape Charter on behalf of the Scottish Landscape Alliance. This has involved interviewing people working across charity, private and public sector, focus groups and a social media survey.

A focus group at Woodlands in Glasgow consider the question ‘What does the word Landscape mean to you?’

We are reviewing Scotland’s Landscape Charter on behalf of the Scottish Landscape Alliance. This has involved interviewing people working across charity, private and public sector, focus groups and a social media survey.

We have been asked by the Scottish Landscape Alliance to review the Landscape Charter, a document which is now over fourteen years old. As part of this Sarah has been interviewing representatives from across sectors with a role in land management, decision making, education and policy. Participants brought up a variety of interesting and insightful comments on how the Charter can be brought up to date, such as the need for communities to be better empowered to have a say in decisions impacting their local landscape, a need to recognise the value of coastal and marine landscapes, and the links between landscape and physical and mental health. Overwhelmingly, those who participated called for a bold Charter which emphasises the importance of landscapes and landscape scale in addressing the climate and biodiversity crisis.

Jo has been running focus groups to hear from a much wider group of people on their views of landscape and what a charter should do. These have included a group in Glasgow, students, school teachers, residents of a Fife village, and people from rural communities. Combined with reviewing previous work on public attitudes to landscape, and running our own online social media survey we hope to be able to gain unique insights into how people across Scotland view landscape and their own roles in protecting landscape.

The results will feed into a reworking of Scotland’s Landscape Charter and we are excited to be involved in this key work that we hope will bring landscape back into the minds of policy makers, land managers and decision makers and be able to involve the wider public. This revised Charter is due to be launched on 20th October this year, which is International Landscape Day. 

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