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Scotland’s landscapes are the context for our lives. They play a vital role in tackling the climate emergency and biodiversity loss, as well as supporting our economy and our health and wellbeing.

All landscapes in Scotland have value, whether at an international, national or local level. While it’s true that no ‘wilderness’ remains in Scotland, nevertheless the beauty of our landscapes are part of our national heritage and our national identity, long celebrated by artists, poets and musicians. 

Our scenery is the reason tourists come to Scotland and the source of much-needed solace for many people to escape from the stresses of modern life. Likewise, the parks, greenspaces and wider settings for our cities, towns and villages all contribute to our quality of life.

Historically, changes have happened over a long period of time but in recent years the scale and pace of change has been dramatic. 

Important issues such as flooding, energy, transport, urbanisation, air quality and coastal erosion are all related to the way we manage our landscapes. We need to work with others to ensure that our responses to these issues are managed sustainably, to reduce the impacts on climate change and biodiversity as well as on our health and the economy.

Our position
One of the Ramblers' charitable objectives is to protect the outdoor environment in the public interest and to maintain its health and sustainability for future generations to enjoy.   We have joined Scotland’s Landscape Alliance to work collaboratively with others to further our objectives.   

Our campaigns & policy manager Helen Todd has blogged about the need for landscape-scale solutions to the challenges we face. Read it here.

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Page last updated May 2020