At a national level, the English landscape is divided into
National Character Areas (as defined by Natural England). In
Worcestershire we have refined these to the slightly smaller
Regional Character Areas, to better reflect some of the broad
variations discernible in the county's landscape that weren't
accounted for in some of the much larger national units.
At a county level, the Worcestershire landscape is further
broken down into Landscape Description Units (LDUs). These are a
representation of a Landscape Type in a specific location. LDUs are
the building blocks of the LCA and are determined by analysing maps
of geology, topography, soils, tree cover character, land use and
Nesting within LDUs are the smallest units of landscape
character – Land Cover Parcels (LCPs). These describe any local
variation that is present and visually apparent within the larger
LDUs, such as minor variations in land use and the historic
patterns of field enclosure. Within LCPs the landscape is a visual
entirety and they are totally homogenous with respect to landscape
attributes. LCPs can vary considerably in size from maybe a few
fields to larger areas where there is less diversity in landscape
The process of LCA identifies commonalities in landscapes,
recognising repeating patterns of natural and cultural attributes
that reflect how geographically separate areas have evolved in a
similar way. This information allows these areas – LDUs and by
default the LCPs that nest within them – to be classified into
Unlike the landscape units described above, which are all unique
and describe specific areas, Landscape Types are generic and may
occur anywhere in the country where the same combinations of
physical and cultural landscape attributes occur. For example, the
Riverside Meadows Landscape Type occurs along the length of the
Severn and Teme in Worcestershire but also the Wye and Lugg in
Herefordshire; the High Hills and Slopes Landscape Type is seen in
the Malvern Hills and also in the Black Mountains on the Welsh
The way in which these landscape units and types sit together in
a mapped hiearchy is illustrated below.
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