South Cotswold Ramblers

Researching the Cotswold Landscape – can you help?

Members, your opinions are being sought - perhaps you might like to complete the survey below. Thanks, Mike

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Dear South Cotswolds Ramblers,

As a large community and landscape focused organisation in the Cotswolds, I wondered if you would be able to help provide some input on a research project into the future management of the Cotswold landscape? I am a researcher from Durham University and am working on a public engagement project which is trying to better understand how different stakeholders in the Cotswold landscape, from residents to businesses, use and value the landscape and how they feel it should be best managed for the future. The work is the continuation of some research that has already taken place in the areas of Bagendon village (near Cirencester) and Bourton-on-the-Water, but that is now looking to include a much wider perspective on citizens' views of the landscape. The ultimate aim of the work would be to ensure that future rural management plans take local voices into account in terms of the development of government policy - which is more important than ever with the potential for changes to rural landscape management after Brexit.

To aid the research we have developed a public survey (here is the link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DC88G82 ), which we would like to circulate as widely as possible. Might it be possible for you to add it to your website and mailing list and to share the link with your members? If so, I am very happy to provide as much information as you need and to discuss this further by phone (07866638811), Skype or email gemma.tully@durham.ac.uk

If you'd like to find out a bit more about me, this is my staff page at Durham University https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/staff/?id=14545
It includes a link to the REFIT Project, which is the European research initiative through which I carried out the work I mentioned in Bagendon and Salmonsbury (Bourton-on-the-Water). The new research is much less archaeologically driven and is much more about balancing all the different interests involved in managing the landscape for the future. I'd really like to make sure that the local people of Gloucestershire/the Cotswolds are well represented alongside the larger estates and organisations and hope that your group can help me share the survey and make this happen.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Gemma