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Communities and landscape

The landscape around you helps to shape the identity of your place and how your community feels about it.

It can be easy to take for granted what you value about your surroundings. And you may feel you don’t have a say in the changes that happen in your place. Getting involved as a community can help you to feel heard.

Communities can have a say in landscape change by joining in development planning, engaging with developers and even preparing a village or town design statement.

Help your community to care for your local landscape by using the Talking About Our Place toolkit to uncover the issues at stake. It provides guidance, resources and ideas to help you to think about and discuss your landscape as a community.

Communities and organisations actively involved in caring for Scotland’s nature and landscapes may be eligible for project funding.

PlaceBook Scotland captured, in photos, films, music, poetry and prose, how more than 1,000 people feel about the Scottish landscapes they love most. You can still explore these, and past discussions about what makes a landscape special to the people experiencing it, on the project website.

Wester Ross Scenic Photo Project is another way in which you can get involved. Help us to track how the landscape of Wester Ross National Scenic Area is changing by sharing photos taken at six viewpoints.