Natural England

Landscape Character Network

Countryscape facilitated the Landscape Character Network (LCN) (formerly known as the Countryside Character Network) between 2002 and 2011. Countryscape was re-appointed following competitive tendering in 2005 and 2007. In 2011 the Landscape Character Network website was partly transferred to the Natural England website as part of the Transformational Government Website Rationalisation Programme. A snapshot of the Landscape Character Network website in November 2010 is available in the National Archive

The Landscape Character Network was a free-to-join, informal, information-sharing network dedicated to landscape - delivering news, resources, links and events on Landscape Character Assessment (LCA) and the European Landscape Convention. Central to this work was the development of a large 200+ page website, which functioned as the UK’s foremost hub of LCA information – offering downloadable guidance, case studies, workshop proceedings, a discussion forum and many other resources. The website also housed the national Database of LCA in England, which can be searched via an interactive map. Management of the LCN involved the day-to-day administration of the network; developing the LCN logo and brand identity; maintaining the LCN website and discussion forum, including the sourcing and production of new LCA-related content and resources; design and print of communication materials; organising and promoting a series of topical workshops; editing and publishing 'LCN News' - a quarterly, electronic newsletter; placing and writing articles on the network, landscape and its applications in relevant media.