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A River Runs Through It Claire Thirlwall

  1. 2. A River Runs Through It The Importance of Landscape Context in River Restoration Claire Thirlwall CMLI
  2. 3. Is it Protected? <ul><li>77% of the English landscape is not protected by a major landscape designation </li></ul><ul><li>Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (15%) National Parks (8%) </li></ul>
  3. 4. Introduction <ul><li>The importance of landscape context in river restoration </li></ul><ul><li>What we need to consider </li></ul><ul><li>Methods of assessment </li></ul>© Thirlwall Associates 2010
  4. 5. © Thirlwall Associates 2010
  5. 7. What is Landscape Context? <ul><li>Industrial </li></ul><ul><li>Geological </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul><ul><li>Cultural </li></ul><ul><li>Historic </li></ul><ul><li>Personal/Emotional </li></ul>© Dedham Vale AONB 2010
  6. 8. The European Landscape Convention (ELC) <ul><li>“ Acknowledging that the landscape is an important part of the quality of life for people everywhere: … in degraded areas as well as in areas of high quality, in areas recognised as being of outstanding beauty as well as everyday areas.” </li></ul>© Paul Gibbs 2010
  7. 9. Assessing Landscape Context <ul><li>Desk top survey </li></ul><ul><li>Face to face meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Postcard surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Visit outside work hours </li></ul><ul><li>Social media/website </li></ul><ul><li>Telephone </li></ul><ul><li>Events or workshops </li></ul>© Thirlwall Associates 2010
  8. 10. Conclusions <ul><li>Consider the wider landscape context of the section of river to be restored </li></ul><ul><li>Degraded sites deserve just as much attention as areas of outstanding natural beauty </li></ul><ul><li>Taking the time to understand the landscape context will result in a higher quality final project </li></ul>
  9. 11. Thank you! <ul><li>“ Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time.… </li></ul>© D Gorton, by kind permission A River Runs Through It I am haunted by waters.”

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