A case story of the connection between woodlands, landscape, and nature-based recreation in upland England

Iversen, Sara ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7882-3512, van der Velden, Naomi ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8969-1191 and Convery, Ian ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2527-5660 (2023) A case story of the connection between woodlands, landscape, and nature-based recreation in upland England. In: Mandić, Ante and Walia, Sandeep, (eds.) The Routledge handbook of nature based tourism development. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 52-65. Full text not available from this repository.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003230748-6


Nature-based recreational tourism (NBRT) is increasing in upland regions and provides important revenue for rural areas. However, it relies on the aesthetic appearance of the landscape, cultural heritage and local perspectives. Certain landscape types, such as woodlands, are essential to the global climate and biodiversity crises, and this conundrum raises emotive and (often-)polarized arguments both for and against increasing woodland cover. We carried out a survey of NBRT, using photovisualization of different woodland scenarios in an upland landscape in the UK. We investigated tourist preferences for woodland levels, estimated the economic value of tourism, and assessed the likely impact on tourist visitor patterns should woodland cover increase. A qualitative Q-methodology investigation of local stakeholder perspectives elucidated both what such changes may entail to their local area and cultural identity, and the underlying values/emotions that influence opinions. The study offers a deeper understanding of this complex topic and shows that NBRT generates a substantial income to the area and visitor numbers will not decrease with up to a 75 percent increase in woodland cover. Combining quantitative and qualitative approaches identifies key concerns and conflicts and offers insights to address and/or alleviate concerns by appealing to both ‘head’ and ‘heart’ perspectives.

Item Type: Book Section
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781003230748
Departments: Institute of Science and Environment > Forestry and Conservation
Additional Information: Chapter four within book.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2023 09:56
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2023 10:09
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6872
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