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This table shows the regional priorities relevant to the region you have selected.

Each regional priority has a unique code (column one) which will help you to identify your selected priorities when completing your Statement of Intent/Proposal.

The detailed description (column two) has been provided to help you understand the implications and outcomes being sought by each priority.

The package numbers (column three) will help you to cross reference those relevant packages to the regional priority you have selected, with the full list of packages detailed on the right hand side of the page.

Regional Priority Code

Landscape Priorities

Relevant Packages

Valued and attractive landscapes which contribute positively to peoples environment, through:


a. The safeguarding and enhancement of the diverse character of rural landscapes.

Particularly proposals that:

  • manage the contribution to the specific landscape guidelines for each of the 25 landscape types identified for Argyll in Environmental Resources Management, 1996. Landscape assessment of Argyll and the Firth of Clyde, Scottish Natural Heritage Review. No.78
5 & 18


b. Enhanced experience, understanding and enjoyment of the landscape. Particularly proposals that:

  • that enhance key views from public roads, access routes, footpaths, public open spaces, and at recognised viewpoints within National Scenic Areas, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Regional Parks, Inventory Gardens and Designed Landscapes and areas near to and accessible from communities through management of vegetation or other visual obstructions that does not compromise other regional priorities.
5 & 18


c. High quality design in both new build and natural elements that enhance and strengthen the landscape character of an area. Particularly proposals that:

5 & 18


d. Actions at a landscape scale which strengthen and/or enhance the landscape character of an area and contribute to sense of place. Particularly proposals that:

  • enhance the landscape character within recognised landscape partnerships, e.g. Dalriada, Argyll Forest Park, Bute HLF partnership, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.
5 & 18


e. A strengthening and/or enhancement of the special qualities within National Scenic Areas (NSA), National Parks and locally designated landscapes. Actions should contribute to delivery of NSA Management Strategy where in place.

Particularly proposals that:

  • enhance the special qualities of the Argyll National Scenic Areas
  • enhance the special qualities of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
  • enhance the significant features of Argyll's Gardens and Designed landscapes identified in An inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, Volume 2: Dumfries and Galloway and Strathclyde.
5 & 18


f. Action for landscapes whose qualities have been degraded by past use. Particularly proposals that:

  • safeguard important views, viewpoints and landmarks from land use change that would detract from their visual integrity
  • enhance landscapes degraded by past use by maximising existing dominant natural landscape features (such as remnant native woodland/scrub, hedgerows and dykes)
  • re-route, maintain and/or repair established upland paths or desire lines where erosion is degrading the quality of the landscape.
5 & 18


An increased contribution to the diversity and character of landscape form Scotland's woods and forests, through restructuring planted woodlands, particularly through the use of Low Intervention Silvicultural Systems, and diversification of a range of well designed woodland types in the preferred areas, as identified in regional Indicative Forestry Strategies or Woodland Strategies or in line with Forest Habitat Networks, particularly the improvement of degraded or unsightly local environments. Particularly proposals that:

  • involve woodland management and expansion on the Argyll Islands according to the Woodland Habitat Network proposals developed by the Argyll islands woodland partnership and the Forest and Woodland Framework for Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
  • involve forest plans and associated actions to restructure large and small scale, first-rotation conifer plantations
  • involve regeneration of upland fringe scrub habitat where this is part of wider mosaic of upland habitats and contributes to upland landscape character
  • seek to protect, restore and enhance the woodland and tree elements of Argyll and Bute's Historic Gardens and Designed Landscapes
  • maintain heritage trees, including historic orchards, which have been identified through projects such as Loch Lomond Heritage Tree project
  • adopt low intensity silvicultural systems.
5, 15, 16 & 18