It’s a great website, well done and the cartoon landscape image is great fun. But I noticed that one of the largest forms of land use, namely agriculture, is not represented as one of the types of environment being considered. I know this is just a trial project but maybe this is a gap needing filling? The risk of not doing is the environment in the future still containing a lot of scraggy over-grazed, under-managed fields, and also in peri-urban areas problems of unmanaged access and consequent blight issues (vandalism, fly tipping, intimidating security fencing) will remain. In the wider Wales away from towns, agriculture will be a big aspect of the management of natural resources, with some 80% (I guess) under some form of agricultural regime. Hay meadows and various forms of agricultural land management, notably grazing, are an important and traditional aspect of land management, whose effects will have a bearing on many other natural resources and benefits beyond agriculture, for example water quality, run off, shelter and enclosure, biodiversity, landscape and scenic quality, access and recreation, local community engagement and buy-in landscape management through their ownership.
Hi John, this is certainly a fair point and one that at least one other person has raised. Agriculture is actually highlighted in two hotspots on the image – 1: Food Production, which is located by the Vetch Community Garden – though this point on the map is an example of a low scale urban growing scheme, broader issues around food and farming are raised in the pop-up window; – 2: Upland Areas, at the top of the image, refers to agriculture amongst several issues. It was tricky trying to determine the most appropriate combinations of themes to avoid duplication and too many hotspots – there is a lot of cross-over between settings and issues and we wanted to spread hotspots across the image. I guess if we had located the Food Production hotspot on a rural part of the image then you probably wouldn’t have made the comment.