The practice has a longest continuous track record in LANDMAP having carried out the South Wales pilot study in 1997 and winning a prestigious European Award using the technique in 2000. We continue to monitor and update the landscape information for Natural Resources Wales, providing a statistical analysis of change which informed the 2016 SoNARR report.

LANDMAP is a unique assessment system, allowing information about landscape to be gathered, organised and evaluated into a nationally consistent dataset. The assessment is divided into five LANDMAP aspects- geological landscapes, landscape habitats, visual and sensory, historical landscape and cultural landscape. Our specialism is the visual and sensory aspect. The output is a database (Collector), GIS mapping (MapInfo or ArcGIS) and a technical report explaining methodological issues, setting out the aspect areas and their classification and value and overview of the area.

Over the years we have undertaken four full local authority area studies from coordination of all aspects through to visual and sensory assessments, characterisation and  design and management guidelines and action plans. We have also undertaken nine local authority visual and sensory assessments across Wales.

Our expertise is recognised by our role as external Quality Assurance assessor for the visual and sensory aspect and we have developed the written guidance on this subject as well as holding seminars for users.

The areas assessed include:

  • Blaenau Gwent
  • Bridgend/Caerphilly/Rhondda Cynon Taff
  • Conwy
  • Flintshire
  • Gwynedd
  • Radnorshire
  • Snowdonia
  • Torfaen
  • Wrexham
  • Ynys Mon

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