Landscape Futures event in Wales discusses ways to create a valid rural landscape

Time to reconnect our ideas of land and landscape
Time to reconnect our ideas of land and landscape

There is a tension between our ideas of land and landscape which we need to resolve if we are to achieve a valid rural landscape. This is the belief of Calvin Jones, an economist and professor at Cardiff University, speaking at the Welsh Landscape Futures event, ‘Valuing our Landscapes’.

The event was held at the Pierhead, Cardiff, a building belonging to the Welsh National Assembly. Julie James, deputy minister for skills and technology, hosted the evening, attended by more than 80 people.

Calvin Jones said, ‘If we can recognise and resolve the tension between “land” and “landscape” we have the chance to at least work towards a framework for the management of Wales’ natural resources that supports prosperity, is equitable, and is consistent with our wider sustainable objectives and moral obligations.’

Mary O’Connor CMLI, associate director of WYG, highlighted the value of green and blue infrastructure, demonstrating lessons from the Somerset flooding and from Qunli Stormwater Park in China, which she made relevant to the Welsh policy agenda.

Dr. David Llewellyn of Blaengad consultancy and the University of South Wales, challenged the audience to reconnect communities with their landscapes. This, he said, would help to tackle health and well-being, poverty and community enterprise, renewable energy, climate change, and indeed support the environment itself.

The event closed with a lively debate.

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