The Open UniversitySkip to content

Should farmers be landscape planners too?

Lane, A.B. and Oreszczyn, S.M. (2005). Should farmers be landscape planners too? In: Planning, people and practice: The landscape ecology of sustainable landscapes: Proceedings of the 13th Annual IALE(UK) Conference, 13-15 Sep 2005, Northampton, UK.

Full text available as:
[img] PDF - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader
Download (28kB)
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar


Rural landscapes in England are cultural landscapes. They are largely the product of the individual actions of multiple agents - farmers and others - working independently. It is only in recent times that an active approach to planning the English countryside on a regional or landscape scale has taken place, through the award of protected status, the provision of ecological conservation grant schemes and conservation advice from a variety of sources. Farmers are more aware and accepting than ever of their duties towards the environment although they still largely operate at the farm rather than landscape scale. They rarely have to consider the wider impacts of what they do on the land that surrounds their farm or be unduly concerned about the way their neighbour's farms are managed. New schemes such as the revised Environmental Stewardship and new technologies such as GM crops will push farmers to consider the wider impacts of what they do and increase contact with their neighbours. This paper considers the implications of these developments on isolated farm decision-making and asks the questions: should farmers be encouraged to plan what they do at a landscape scale, annd should they be encouraged to work with their neighbours towards environmental improvements?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Institute for Innovation Generation in the Life Sciences (Innogen)
Related URLs:
Item ID: 5469
Depositing User: Users 13 not found.
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 08:58
Share this page:

Download history for this item

These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

Actions (login may be required)

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   contact the OU