Sheffield Lakeland is much loved, but valued by different people for different reasons. Some values are well understood – its aesthetic beauty, its farming and forestry and its recreational opportunities for example. Others are highly valued by special interest groups, such as its internationally protected wildlife, industrial heritage and distinctive culture.
However, some aspects of Sheffield Lakeland’s ecosystem services are only just starting to be understood – such as the landscape’s capacity to offer flood protection through natural flood management, the benefits access to the landscape offers for our mental and physical well-being and the landscape’s capacity to mitigate or help us adapt to climate change.
Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership will build a shared understanding of the multiple ways in which the landscape is valuable and will take action to record, manage and protect these for the future. We believe that:
By working in partnership and at a landscape scale we are better able to address the challenges and conflicts that arise between the different values placed on the landscape.
By acting together now, we will realise our vision of “a more natural and resilient Sheffield Lakeland landscape for everyone to value, enjoy, understand and feel part of”.
For more details about a vision and plans over our 20 projects read our Landscape Conservation Action Plan here.