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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

May 2018: The Forestry and Land Management for Scotland Bill was passed in March 2018 and received Royal Assent in May 2018. In Scotland it will replace the Forestry Act 1967 which will remain in force until the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Act 2018 is commenced - currently planned for 1 April 2019.

Future Land Management

• Under the new Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill 2018, forestry in Scotland will be fully devolved to the Scottish Government. It transfers the powers and duties of the Forestry Commissioners in Scotland to Scottish Ministers, providing them with a duty to promote sustainable forest management and publish a forestry strategy.
• The new Environment Bill has been published.

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.

Scottish Rural Development Schemes SRDP

Scottish government SRDP home page can be found here
The 2014-2020 SRDP includes:
Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) aims to promote land management practices which protect and enhance Scotland’s natural heritage, improve water quality, manage flood risk and mitigate and adapt to climate change, and will help improve public access and preserve historic sites. Full scheme guidance.
Forestry Grant Scheme (FGS) which supports both the creation of new woodlands and the sustainable management of existing woodlands. Full scheme guidance. Applications are assessed against the current UK Forestry Standard which includes guidelines for the historic environment. Further information on Forestry Commission FGS page

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
Guidance for Archaeological Sites on Arable Land
Guidance for Archaeological Sites on Grassland
Guidance on managing Historic Parkland
Guidance on Farm Buildings and Traditional Farmsteads
Guidance on Moats, ponds and ornamental lakes
Advice on Biomass Energy
Advice on Metal Detecting and Agri-environment land
• Forestry Commission UK Forestry Standard (chapter 6.3 on Forestry and the historic environment)
Guidance on Managing Ancient and native woodland
Environmental Impact Assessments Advice Home page
• Natural England Environment Impact Assessments (agriculture) advice home page
• Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) guidance relating to archaeological information and advice for forestry management and new planting – home page This includes:
Forests and historic environment: information and advice (PDF 5.5Mb) A summary of what forest and woodland managers should consider in relation to the historic environment
Scotland’s woodlands and the historic environment (PDF 5.2Mb) which outlines how the forestry sector can tap into this rich cultural heritage and help develop historic sites - including designed landscapes and ancient woodlands.
Identifying the historic environment in Scotland's woodlands and forests (PDF 5MB) A practice guide which aims to help forestry and woodland managers when considering the archaeology and historic environment in their stewardship.
Historic Environment Resource Guide for forest and woodland managers in Scotland (PDF 4.8MB) designed as a route map to the information and advice available to forest and woodland managers in regard to the historic environment, primarily in support of the UK Forestry Standard (UKFS) guidelines on Forests and Historic Environment.
Managing the historic environment case studies - helping managers deliver best practice (PDF 6.2MB) Case studies which highlight examples of best practice conservation management over a wide range of archaeological sites and historic landscapes and showcase the potential that the historic environment can play within Forest Plans.
Conserving and managing trees and woodlands in Scotland's designed landscapes (PDF 5.72MB) a practice guide for effective stewardship of trees and woodlands in a designed landscape.
• Historic Environment Scotland: Managing change in the historic environment


• Historic England Local Management Training Programme
• Forestry Commission Scotland Forests and historic environment training course aimed at woodland managers

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