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How do Europeans appreciate agrarian landscapes? Generic and spatial patterns of landscape preferences

18 February 2015/by Boris van Zanten/Tags: agrarian landscapes, cross-disciplinary, landscape policies

How do Europeans appreciate agrarian landscapes? Generic and spatial patterns of landscape preferences

Europe is known for its abundant and diverse cultural landscapes. In many places, the cultural or aesthetic value of these landscapes is threatened by either intensification or abandonment of agricultural practices. The effects of these processes have been addressed by local landscape preference case studies which have yielded a patchy and heterogeneous collection of evidence. This meta-study compares case studies in order to find generic and spatial patterns of landscape preferences.

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Dear Oliver... some thoughts on the loss of Oliver Rackham

16 February 2015/by Thanasis Kizos and M/Tags:

Dear Oliver... some thoughts on the loss of Oliver Rackham

We still remember the field trip: on Lesvos at the PECSRL on a footpath from Asomatos village to Agiassos village in the Olympus range (the other Olympus not the “original” one...). One of us was the so-called 'last in line' in the field trip, responsible for all those that stayed behind for some reason. It was the last day and many people wanted to do the trip and drive back to Mytilini to fly home. The other one was the guide leading the group and we had planned to make this a 2hr trip. We did it, the first of the group that is; the last were 2 ½ hrs behind. We were not lazy or slow, but we had Oliver Rackham with us at the back of the queue. We had met Oliver before once, and had known and enjoyed his books, but this was the first time we were in the field with him. We know that some people are still angry, as they had to wait for us to arrive to Agiassos before the bus would leave, but it was both an unforgettable and enjoyable experience.

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Tree of the Year contest: looking for a tree rooted in the people’s landscape

2 February 2015/by Ana Canomanuel/Tags: local natural heritage

Tree of the Year contest: looking for a tree rooted in the people’s landscape

The Tree of the Year contest was initiated four years ago in the Czech Republic by Nadace Partnerství and it is now organized by the Environmental Partnership Association, with the aim of highlighting the significance of old trees in the natural and cultural heritage. The contest search for trees with particular stories connected to the communities in which they grow, trees that have become a part of people’s lives and serve as a community-gathering element.

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