As a primer for the UK Landscape Conference in November, the new issue of Landscape is dedicated to the European Landscape Convention (ELC).

The ELC’s emphasis on democracy and the role of ‘the public’ and ‘public authorities’ in guiding landscape policy seems especially timely with the coalition government’s theme of localism and putative ‘Big Society’.

Natural England (NE) is managing the implementation of the ELC in England on behalf of DEFRA. So, the journal features a wide-ranging article by NE’s Dr Val Kirby, explaining how they are putting it into practice and producing guidance on how other organisations can do the same.

Elsewhere in the issue, we profile the winner of the first ever Council of Europe Landscape Award and hear how the ELC relates to English Heritage’s work on historic landscapes.

The issue also contains a preview of the UK Landscape Conference and an article on the impact on the profession of the latest Guidelines for landscape and visual impact assessment.

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