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NatureScot Landscape Policy Framework

Our Landscape Policy Framework sets out our approach to Scotland’s landscapes and informs guidance we produce that relates to landscape.

Our Landscape Policy Framework is currently being revised following publication of the joint Landscape Position Statement by NatureScot and Historic Environment Scotland

Our Landscape Policy Framework sets out our overarching aim for landscape:

“To safeguard and enhance the distinct identity, the diverse character and the special qualities of Scotland’s landscapes as a whole, so as to ensure tomorrow’s landscapes contribute positively to people’s environment and are at least as attractive and valued as they are today.”

The principles of our approach are based on four propositions:

  1. Scotland’s landscapes are a shared responsibility.
  2. All of Scotland’s landscapes deserve attention.
  3. Scotland’s landscapes will continue to change.
  4. Scotland’s landscapes deserve greater care.

The following work contributed to development of our Landscape Policy Framework:

Find out more

NatureScot Landscape Policy Framework: Policy Statement No. 05/01

NatureScot Landscape Policy Framework: Policy Summary

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