LCA and Land Management
Assessment (LCA) provides a useful framework for the setting out of
priorities for land and habitat management, being as it is, a
spatially-referenced, systematic process for the description of the
LCA is primarily concerned with describing the inherent
character of landscape – that is how the physiographic (geology,
topography, soils) and cultural (land use, tree cover and
settlement pattern) elements have combined to produce the
distinctive patterns that allow us to distinguish one type of
landscape from another.
The inherent character of landscape is determined with reference
to its historical development in addition to field survey, but the
condition of the landscape will affect how the
inherent character is expressed on the ground today. A landscape in
poor condition may have one of more of its key characteristics
lacking or under-represented, or uncharacteristic features may have
Through the consideration of both inherent character and current
condition, it is possible to start to determine general
opportunities for activities which will strengthen landscape
character, by ensuring that, wherever possible, the characteristics
appropriate to each Landscape Type that should be present,
are present and are well-represented.
Learn more about LCA Guidelines for Land
Land Management Guidelines
Land Management Advice Sheets
European Landscape Convention
ELC highlights the
importance of developing landscape policies dedicated to the
protection, management and creation of all landscapes.
Landscape Character Network
A highly comprehensive resource for LCA and ELC in the UK.
Historic Landscape Characterisation
Led by English Heritage, HLC focuses on the historic
dimensions - the 'time-depth' - that characterises the rural
- Malvern Hills
The Malvern Hills are designated as an Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty, recognising the national importance of this
The Royal Chartered body for landscape
architects in the UK.
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This page was last reviewed 1 July 2013 at 14:02.
The page is next due for review 28 December 2014.