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Managing and Understanding Landscape Change

Category: News
9 July 2013

Cordiale Conference 26 27 June at Parc Naturel Regional DArmorique, Finistere

Cordiale is a three year project (2010 2013) involving nine partners in France and England. It aims to develop sustainable tools to manage protected landscape changes and inspire communities to engage in landscape stewardship.

The Cordiale Toolkit which has been developed as part of this project provides advice, case stores and tools for sustainable landscape management. It compiles and shares some of the key lessons and methods developed through the Cordiale project. The three main areas of activity are landscape mapping, sustainable framing and traditional building.

Sally Westaway attended on behalf of the Organic Research Centre to learn about the Toolkit especially the tools and case studies related to local woodfuel supply chains and managing hedgerows for woodfuel and also to find out how the TWECOM Project could build on the work carried out as part of this project.


Woodfuel platform in Brittany

The Toolkit features 19 case studies and 28 tools, those that may be of use to farmers and landowners include;

  • Tools to identify significant hedges and produce a hedgerow management plan
  • Setting up a local woodfuel short supply chain process overview
  • Mapping the logistics of agricultural product short supply chains
  • A tool for establishing a local food brand generating landscape management benefits
  • Guidance on community supported woodlands and hedgerows.

Further information on the project including the various toolkits can be found here:

See photos on Flickr

Keywords: landscape stewardship TWECOM hedgerows woodfuel

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