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Subject Committee: Countryside


The Countryside Committee is made up of representatives from each ALGAO Region, with key partners invited to attend. The Committee has a facilitating role, working with key partners including Historic England, Natural England and the Rural Protection Agency, regarding all matters concerning the historic environment and land management matters.
The Association promotes good practice in sustainable and integrated archaeological and countryside conservation management through improved sites and landscape management techniques. To achieve this, the Committee encourages the adoption of good practice on all levels and seeks to promote integrated site management works undertaken by members as exemplars of good practice. Such emphasis will be extended into the wider public arena to raise awareness and promote further links between the historic environment and the landscape.

The Countryside Committee

The Committee aims to ensure early and effective input into the development of government policy and advice to ensure that management of archaeological sites and historic landscapes are considered an intrinsic component of wider countryside management. The Committee has recently undergone a reorganisation, it now consists of
* A core Regional Panel with a representative from the eight ALGAO regions who jointly carry out the work of the Committee and representatives from our external partners
* A wider forum of all members of ALGAO organisations and external members who regularly work on land management projects such as Countryside Stewardship, Woodland schemes and other countryside conservation projects.
An annual CPD event with a focus on Committee updates, training and learning will take the place of the former annual meetings. These should be held before or at the start of the HEFER consultation window.

Regional Panel

  • South East & London: Sarah Orr, West Berkshire, Sarah.Orr [at]
  • South West: Cressida Whitton, Devon County Council, cressida.whitton [at]
  • East: Ruth Beckley, Cambridgeshire, Ruth.Beckley [at]
  • West Midlands: Suzy Blake, Staffordshire, suzy.blake [at]
  • East Midlands: Anna Badcock, Peak District National Park, anna.badcock [at]
  • Yorkshire: Luke Barker, Yorkshire Dales, luke.barker [at]
  • Northwest: Eleanor Kingston, Lake District National Park Authority, eleanor.kingston [at]
  • Northeast: Chris Jones, Northumberland National Park Authority chris.jones [at]
  • Scotland: Caroline Palmer, Aberdeenshire, caroline.palmer [at]
  • Wales: Abi McCullough, CPAT, Abi [at] CPAT.ORG.UK

News & Announcements

15th November 2018: News article advocating a move away from pasture farming

12th September 2018: New Agriculture Bill is to be introduced to Houses of Parliament today by Michael Gove, Environment Secretary

10th September 2018: Natural England have announced that Woodland Creation grants (outside the Countryside Stewardship SHINE scheme) will now be available all year round.

30th August 2018: David Robertson has stepped down as Chair of the Committee with a Regional panel of 8 representatives taking his place.

Future Land Management

  • Plans are progressing for a New Agricultural Policy following our departure from the European Union, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to shape how we manage our landscape. The outline for this vision was announced in January 2018 in a 25 Year Environment Plan.
  • The latest consultation was the Health and Harmony document produced by DEFRA (see the ALGAO UK consultation response below)
  • The Country Land and Business Association Ltd (CLA) have also a statement outlining their vision of a future agri-environment policy

Countryside Stewardship

  • The homepage for the current suite of Countryside Stewardship offers can be found here.
  • Website link for the Selected Heritage Inventory for Natural England SHINE
  • Natural England monitoring documents are available here, including the 2016/17 annual report Natural England website
  • Four new Wildlife Offers were made available in the 2018 window.

Guidance & Advice

A number of websites provide further guidance on the rural historic environment (all links are external). These include:
* Historic England Rural Heritage Home page
* Historic England Guidance for Archaeological Sites on Arable Land
* Historic England Guidance for Archaeological Sites on Grassland
* Historic England Guidance on managing Historic Parkland
* Historic England Guidance on Farm Buildings and Traditional Farmsteads
* Historic England Guidance on Moats, ponds and ornamental lakes
* Historic England Advice on Biomass Energy
* Historic England Advice on Metal Detecting and Agri-environment land
* Forestry Commission UK Forestry Standard (chapter 6.3 on Forestry and the historic environment)
* Forestry Commission Guidance on Managing Ancient and native woodland
* Forestry Commission Environmental Impact Assessments Advice Home page
* Natural England Environment Impact Assessments (agriculture) advice home page


Historic England Local Management Training Programme

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