Landscape Character Assessment (LCA)
Scotland has many different landscapes: woodland, farmland, croftland, urban, coastal, mountainous, and within these there are many variations. For example, woodland can be coniferous (such as pine, spruce or fir) or broadleaved (such as birch, willow or oak) or a mix; farmland can have field boundaries of dykes (stone walls), ditches, hedges or fences; urban areas can have their buildings widely spaced or densely packed; mountains can be rocky and rugged or smooth and rounded.
What is landscape character assessment?
Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) is a standard system for identifying, describing, classifying and mapping this variety of landscape: it helps explain what makes landscapes different from each other. The whole of Scotland has been mapped and described.
LCA provides baseline information that can be used to guide landscape change – by feeding into development plans, decisions on development proposals, land management plans, indicative forestry strategies and agri-environment schemes.
Find landscape character assessment reports
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