The Agricultural Landscapes project provides a unique insight into the impacts of farming methods and agricultural policies on England’s lowland landscapes over a third of a century. Seven study areas have been revisited at 11-year intervals since it was initiated by the Countryside Commission in 1972, most recently in 2005.
The results of the latest work are the focus of this publication. It provides a unique visual record of change of the lowland landscape in the first decade of the 21st century, against which future changes can be compared. The book also looks back over the 33 years of the study series, and finds that the picture across lowland England is by no means consistent. Different farming systems, in different parts of the country, have had widely contrasting impacts on the landscape.
Please note that this document is published for historical and research purposes.