Scotland’s Landscape Charter

This initiative focuses on what we can all do to ensure we pass on Scotland’s landscapes to future generations in the best possible health.

Scotland’s Landscape Charter challenges us to take action for landscape – to celebrate landscape, improve our understanding of it, and promote its care.

NatureScot developed the Charter with the Scottish Landscape Forum, a group of stakeholders with an interest in landscape.

The Scottish Landscape Alliance is currently undertaking an independent review of Scotland's Landscape Charter. Such a review has been welcomed by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and the Islands and could lead to the publication of a refreshed charter that highlights Scotland's continued commitment to the European Landscape Convention, better reflects the significant changes in the Scottish Government's policy environment since 2010, and demonstrates commitment to sensitively managing the significant landscape change needed to address the climate and nature emergencies.

NatureScot is providing support for the review. 

If you wish to comment, visit Scotland's Landscape Alliance or email [email protected]  Alternatively, email [email protected]

Read: Scotland’s Landscape Charter.

Who can get involved

We invite everyone to commit to action:

  • individuals
  • communities
  • land managers
  • developers
  • local authorities
  • public bodies
  • non-governmental organisations

Why action is needed

Scotland’s landscapes are unparalleled in Europe, thanks to their richness, diversity and distinctiveness.

Among other things, our landscapes:

  • underpin our tourist industry
  • influence perceptions of many of our products and services
  • provide inspiration for the arts
  • contribute to our identity
  • provide the distinctiveness and sense of place that we value and enjoy

How our landscapes change over time, in response to natural forces and society’s needs, is critical – particularly as we’re better able to shape our surroundings today than ever before. This change should be actively guided to ensure that our landscapes continue to enrich lives and benefit Scotland.

Sign Scotland’s Landscape Charter

By signing the Charter, you demonstrate your concern and responsibility for Scotland’s distinctive landscapes. It says that you support the Charter’s vision and guiding principles, and that you’ll put into practice its suggested actions.

To sign the Charter, email [email protected] to tell us that you support the Charter’s vision and are committed to its actions. Include your own details and those of any organisation that you represent.

We’ll contact you before we add your organisation to the list of supporters below.

Existing supporters

Already signed up to the Charter are:

  • Activity Scotland
  • Archaeology Scotland
  • Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland
  • Built Environment Forum Scotland
  • Calderglen Heritage 
  • Central Scotland Green Network Trust
  • City of Edinburgh Council
  • East Kilbride & District Historical Archive 
  • Garden History Society in Scotland
  • Greenspace Scotland
  • Historic Environment Scotland
  • Institute for Archaeologists (Scottish Group)
  • John Muir Trust
  • Landscape Institute Scotland
  • Mountaineering Council of Scotland
  • National Trust for Scotland
  • North East Mountain Trust
  • Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland
  • Scottish Campaign for National Parks
  • NatureScot
  • Scottish Rural Property and Business Association


Get in touch if you have questions. 

Landscape Group

[email protected]

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