Transforming landscapes and identities in the south Wales valleys

David H. Llewellyn*, Melanie Rohse, Jemma Bere, Karen Lewis, Hamish Fyfe

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Abstract

In contrast to the declining socio-economic legacy of the loss of coalmining and heavy industry, the landscapes of the south Wales valleys have witnessed a remarkable environmental transformation within living memory. Yet an apparent paradox exists between reported community pride in these landscapes with emerging community-led economic initiatives, and seeming indifference towards or disconnection from them. In this paper, we draw upon analysis of qualitative material from two pieces of research in different Valleys’ localities to explore landscape relationships with respect to radical landscape changes, reported disconnections and emergent community-led countryside activities. We consider these in the context of emerging models and notions of landscape identities. We conclude that the changed landscape character in the Valleys is impacting on landscape perceptions, valuation and uses with new existential identities emerging amongst some. Greater insights into evolving landscape identities might inform better land use policy and natural resource management to bring about socio-economic and environmental benefits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalLandscape Research
Early online date17 Jul 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • community
  • landscape disconnection
  • landscape identity
  • Landscape transformation
  • rural
  • urban

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