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  • Award Winners 2012

    Landscape Policy & Research Highly Commended

    Forestry Commission Scotland, Practice Guide, ‘Conserving and managing trees and woodlands in Scotland’s designed landscapes’

    This FCS publication is the first comprehensive and detailed guidance to be published on the management of designed landscapes in Scotland. It has been welcomed and used, among others, by Historic Scotland and FC officers in England. The consultant’s brief from Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) was to produce guidance ‘that contributes towards the effective and efficient management of all the tree components to be found within designed landscapes throughout Scotland’.

    While the guidance was intended primarily for land managers and their advisers, to help develop their management proposals for the trees, tree features and woodlands in designed landscapes, it will also be useful for all those who regulate, licence and provide grant aid for forest management activities, and for those with a general interest in Scotland’s designed landscapes.

    The judges said: ‘This practice guide is thoughtfully and sensitively written and addresses important considerations for landscape architecture. The contextual descriptions and references make it a delightful document that could be extended to urban environments and other regions.’

    Landscape architect: Peter McGowan, Peter McGowan Associates.
    Client: Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS).
    Project manager: Nicholas Shepherd, landscape & cultural advisor.
    Steering Group: Representatives of Historic Scotland, Woodland Trust, Association of Local Government Archaeological Officers, Garden History Society, National Trust for Scotland, Archaeology Scotland and Scottish Borders Council.
    Landscape design styles and historic periods section: Christopher Dingwall, landscape historian. Illustration: Clare Hewitt.
    Layout and presentation: FCS Design and Interpretation Services.

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