Sign up to Euro landscape laws, say experts

CPRE urges Government to sign up to the new European Landscape Convention

The government is being urged to sign up to the new European Landscape Convention to protect open spaces and improve management. The Council for the Protection of Rural England wants PM Tony Blair to agree to the initiative, which came into force on 1 March for countries who have signed up. Adopting the convention would integrate landscape into planning and force the Government to make laws and policies to raise awareness of green spaces and the issues around them. “This country has led the world in recognising the value of landscape since the Labour Government of 1945,” said Tom Oliver, CPRE’s head of rural policy. “The post-war Government created national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.” Oliver said it was a “golden opportunity” to set an example to the rest of Europe and would be a shame if the “foresight and public-spirited approach to landscape” did not continue.

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