Natural England, with support from 4NW, contracted Countryscape to develop the North West Landscape Character Framework in partnership with Alison Farmer Associates, Steven Warnock and The University of Manchester.
Countryscape worked with Natural England, Staffordshire County Council and the West Midlands Landscape Partnership to raise awareness of landscape and the European Landscape Convention. This work included the testing of landscape characterisation methodology, production of a landscape advocacy document (targeting a broad public audience) and development of a website to collect perceptual information about landscape, enabling members of the public to share and celebrate their favourite places in the West Midlands.
Drafting, design and production of the Natural England exhibition for the Royal Agricultural Show (2006). Countryscape was responsible for producing all necessary content and artwork for the exhibition, including developing the key messages for presentation in liaison with staff from The Countryside Agency, English Nature and Defra RDS (the organisations that were merged to form Natural England in 2007).
In 2009, Natural England put forward proposals to extend the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks. Countryscape led a major public consultation over the proposals during 2009/2010, working in partnership with Alison Farmer Associates and Pathways Consultancy.
Countryscape managed the national consultation and also jointly undertook a local public engagement programme to raise awareness of the project and provide information to help people make informed decisions.
This work included:
Countryscape facilitated the Landscape Character Network (LCN) (formerly known as the Countryside Character Network) between 2002 and 2011. Countryscape was re-appointed following competitive tendering in 2005 and 2007. In 2011 the Landscape Character Network website was partly transferred to the Natural England website as part of the Transformational Government Website Rationalisation Programme.
Countryside Quality Counts (CQC) was a project to develop a national indicator of how the countryside is changing. It was funded by Natural England (and its predecessor agencies), in partnership with Defra and English Heritage. Countryscape was responsible for the project’s national consultation and communications activity, while analysis and assessment was undertaken by the University of Nottingham.