Natural England

Countryside Quality Counts

Countryside Quality Counts (CQC) was a project to develop a national indicator of how the countryside is changing. It was funded by Natural England (and its predecessor agencies), in partnership with Defra and English Heritage. Countryscape was responsible for the project’s national consultation and communications activity, while analysis and assessment was undertaken by the University of Nottingham.

The consultation was carried out in 2005 and 2006 via the CQC website, which contained background information and resources, as well as the consultation tool itself – an interactive application, which guided users through a step-by-step process to record their comments.