RURAL VISION. A view of Bradford District’s rural landscape and its public goods and services. Workshop at the Rural Conference, 21 October 2004 LAND WATER TREES. Mark Fisher firstname.lastname@example.org. Moorland line (250-300m). ACCESS LAND. Access land.
A view of Bradford District’s rural landscape and its public goods and services. Workshop at the Rural Conference, 21 October 2004
Open country (mountain, moor, heath and down) and registered common land
Agricultural Land Classification
No arable or horticulture
Rainfall highest into the Pennine upland
Flood Risk Areas
Reservoirs & Watercourses
Special areas of conservation
Woodland or plantation
< 5% woodland cover in Bradford District
Flooding risk in all riparian habitats
Greater birdsfoot trefoil
Baildon Access Area
woodland & wildflowers
Woodland spreading in from Mitton Spring
Millstone grit guild
Birch, rowan, holly, gorse, broom, heather
Baildon Moor - south
Moorland grass and sedge, with some heather and bilberry
1.The low tree cover in the District (4%) compared to the national average (10%)
2. The level of local information and promotion of open access areas in the District, and guidance on the public's use of the land
3. Because of the nature of land use in the District, there needs to be recognition that landowners as well as farmers need support for environmental management of their land.
1. Develop a view and strategy for the public goods and services of the rural landscape of the District, exploring new woodland as a way in by considering the examples of tree planting in riparian habitats for flood mitigation and for the control of bracken on Baildon Moor.
2. Explore the potential of planning obligations as a means of raising funds in the District for organisations such as Forest of Bradford to carry out tree planting identified in action plans arising from the strategy.
3. Improve local information on open access by presenting feature walks on the council's website (i.e. the reservoir walks on the Yorkshire Water website) and accompany it with general information on open access and the Countryside Code. Refresh and vary the Guided Walks program of the Countryside Service.