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Safeguarding and Enhancing the Landscape

Why are we willing to fund this outcome?

Scotland is renowned for its landscape and has wide appeal both for its environmental significance and positive contribution to our quality of life. It is an important resource which benefits the public, rural communities and businesses.

Safeguarding and enhancing the landscape:

  • Contributes to the distinct identity of individual places and communities
  • Creates attractive local environments and a valued resource for outdoor pursuits, informal recreation, education and other countryside activities
  • Maintains an important strand of our common cultural heritage
  • Safeguards the iconic context for the promotion of many Scottish businesses, including tourism and food production
  • Maintains an important source of inspiration for much of contemporary Scottish culture

The Scottish Government is keen to support rural land managers, community groups and non-profit organisations to safeguard and enhance the rural landscape. This will encourage positive landscape change which will benefit people and the wider economy as well as individual businesses.

What will this package achieve?

This package will help direct funding to projects that:

  • Safeguard and enhance the identity, regional distinctiveness and special qualities of Scotland's landscapes
  • Manage landscapes to contribute to peoples' enjoyment of their environment.

Delivery of these 2 outcomes will be maximised if they are done collaboratively and this package gives you opportunities to work in partnership with others.

You will need to show how your project will support your regional landscape character, encourage the enjoyment of the landscape or create a new landscape feature identified as a priority in your region.

What you can do

You should choose which of the following Options will help to deliver this outcome.

We suggest the following Options may all be appropriate.

Some Options - shown at the top of the list - will always deliver the desired outcomes. If you choose any of these Options, you will not be expected to provide any justification for choosing that Option.

Other Options - those in the bottom list - will only help achieve the desired outcome in specific circumstances. If you choose any of these, the application system will ask you to explain how you see this Option helping to achieve the outcome. You can select as many, or as few, Options as you think you will need. You must judge which Options will most effectively deliver the desired outcomes taking account of your circumstances.

You will need to show how your project will support your regional landscape character, encourage the enjoyment of the landscape or create a new landscape feature identified as a priority in your region.

These Options will always deliver the desired outcome

These Options will help to achieve the desired outcome in specific circumstances

Other support available under the SRDP

There are other Options available under the SRDP that can help you to safeguard and enhance our landscape. There are a number of Land Managers' Options that can complement this package

  • Skills Development
  • Business Audit - the LEAF audit
  • Management of genetically appropriate tree stocks for seed production
  • Access creation for sustainable forest management
  • Wild bird seed mix/unharvested crop
  • Improvement of rush pasture for wildlife
  • Summer cattle grazing
  • Management of moorland grazing
  • Management of linear features
  • Biodiversity cropping on in-bye
  • Management of conservation headlands
  • Retention of winter stubbles
  • Woodland creation
  • Management of small woodlands
  • Improving access

The Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS) supports the continuation of agricultural activities in less favoured areas which help to main traditional agricultural landscapes.

In addition, the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grants Scheme (CCAGS) also provides a range of opportunities which support the retention of landscape features in the crofting counties.

Forestry for people challenge fund enhances the potential of forests and woodlands to benefit local communities. Through the cultural and historic woodland environment regional identities can be supported which increases the public's quality of life and understanding of their landscape.

Woods in and around towns challenge fund has operations that can enhance our landscape. These include pruning, re-spacing and enrichment planting of trees along public access routes and restructuring of even aged forest.

Sources of further landscape information

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has a number of areas on their website which can help you find out more about your local landscape.

If you want to find out more about protected landscapes like National Scenic Areas (NSAs), and if there are any in your area, click here

If you want to find out about Local Landscape Designations, including Areas of Great Landscape Value (AGLVs) in your area, click here.

You can also get more information on Local Landscape Designations from your local authority.

All of the landscapes in Scotland have been mapped using the Landscape Character Assessment. The assessments describe the landscape features characteristic to each region, the pressures on that landscape and advice on how to ensure new developments remain in keeping with the character of the region. You can find more information about landscape character classifications and descriptions in Chapter 6 of the Landscape Character Assessment guidance on the SNH website.