Autumnal birch trees by the River Dee, Upper Deeside, Grampian Area ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or

Framework for landscape policy

Scottish Natural Heritage is the Scottish Government's statutory adviser on landscape.

Our landscape remit is wide ranging. It draws on and complements SNH's efforts for nature and its enjoyment, recognising the connections between landscape, cultural heritage and history, recreation, geology, habitats and biodiversity.

The UK signed up to the European Landscape Convention in 2006, and it now provides a framework for our work for Scotland’s landscapes. This Council of Europe initiative highlights the importance of all landscapes and encourages greater input to their care and planning.

Our Landscape Policy Framework sets out in detail our approach to Scotland's landscapes and informs guidance we produce that relates to landscape.  The Policy Framework, which was published in 2005, is currently being revised following publication of the joint Landscape Position Statement by SNH and Historic Environment Scotland.