Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 8050 Further Information The Ancient Tree Forum – Information on the ecology, management and conservation of veteran trees The Green Flag Award Biodiversity Advice Pack Woodland Trust – Information on managing and promoting trees 20 Conservation of Landscape Features This section is almost always applicable – every landscape reflects elements of historic, design and cultural importance that tell some of the story of the site and why it is as it is now. Green spaces, their views, vistas and features are almost all designed landscapes. Recreation Grounds are historic landscapes because they were built to provide sporting facilities for the masses; the landscape of a nature reserve is carefully managed to maintain particular features; and some green spaces have grown up around existing or former features (mines, quarries, flood defences, reservoirs, canals, rivers, geological features, historic or iconic buildings) that have already played some part in shaping the landscape. Management on such a large scale will cross administrative boundaries and should be approached in conjunction with the other parties involved. This sub-section seeks to ensure that important elements of the site’s landscape are firstly identified, and then appropriately managed, both in theory and in practice. The management plan should contain a statement, recognising: + what landscape features are present and their relationship to each other (natural and landscaped features; trees – individual, groups, avenues, plants and planting; geological; important view lines; open areas) + where they came from (social and cultural importance) + what has come since + specific reference to any conservation designation applied to the landscape (registered park or garden, conservation area, scheduled ancient monument and local designations) The management plan should demonstrate how specific features and relationships between features are being protected, enhanced and maintained. It should also detail ways in which features might be better managed in the future, should circumstances change. During their visit, judges will examine how this works in practice. They might speak to individuals working on site to find out whether they know and understand why the landscape is as it is, or what the manager sees as the strategic landscape elements. They might ask how landscape