LCA5D Dun River Valley Floor
Landscape Strategy and Guidelines
The Dun River Valley Floor is important for a number of unimproved
grassland habitats and its wooded small scale landscape pattern.
The overall strategy is therefore to conserve extant historic landscape
features and enhance the small scale wooded and grassland character
of Dun River Valley Floor.
Maintain characteristic braided channels, drainage ditches, mill
streams and pools
Maintain the contrast of a pastoral valley with the open arable
Encourage management of traditional water meadows and reintroduce
management of farmland as seasonally wet pastures where appropriate
Resist change from pasture to arable
Discourage merging of remaining smaller fields
Encourage traditional methods of hedge management
Woodland and Trees
Management of the pollards and lines of poplar, which characterise
some sections of the valley floor
Conserve valley floor wet woodland and promote good woodland management
Encourage where appropriate new areas of woodland planting to
mitigate the visual impact of the existing railway line
Encourage agricultural management that will protect and enhance
remnant unimproved grasslands
Protect the water from further damage from pollution, soil erosion
and construction projects
Seek opportunities for wetland creation and ditch reinstatement
Maintenance of historic features including water meadows systems,
mills, weirs and leats
Protect the landscape setting of the medieval moated site at the
western end of the valley floor
Land Use and Development
Limit development in order to conserve the existing settlement
form and settlement-free character of the valley floor
Avoid suburbanisation arising from introduction of inappropriate
Recreation, Tourism and Access
Seek opportunities for additional access to the river for the
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