Wild Ennerdale: a cultural landscape

Convery, Ian ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2527-5660 and Dutson, Tom (2012) Wild Ennerdale: a cultural landscape. In: Stanturf, John, Lamb, David and Madsen, Palle, (eds.) Forest landscape restoration: integrating natural and social sciences. World Forests, 15 . Springer, Netherlands, pp. 233-252. Full text not available from this repository.

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Ennerdale is located in the Lake District National Park, north-west England. The valley has been managed as coniferous plantation forest since the 1920s by the Forestry Commission. Since 2002, however, the Forestry Commission has been a partner (along with the National Trust and United Utilities) in the Wild Ennerdale (WE) initiative. The vision of WE is ‘to allow the evolution of Ennerdale as a wild valley for the benefit of people, relying more on natural processes to shape its landscape and ecology’. This chapter considers the relationship between WE and the cultural landscape of the Ennerdale valley, and has identified disparities between the WE view of engagement and participation and corresponding feelings of alienation, dispossession and dislocation expressed by some respondents. The chapter presents an argument for stronger links between the wilding project and the local community, and in doing so highlights many of the tensions and complexities found in wilding programs globally. We argue for a much greater appreciation of the role (rural) communities have played, and continue to play, in shaping the local landscape. Recognition of this role is important in terms of delivering sustainable wilding projects in the future.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9789400753259
Departments: Academic Departments > Science, Natural Resources & Outdoor Studies (SNROS) > Forestry and Conservation
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2013 13:18
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 11:01
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1386
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