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Tranquility and Remoteness

Whether it be sitting beside the River Stour or listening to birdsong in Kingswood,  the tranquillity of the landscape has a profound effect on out enjoyment of the natural environment. Seemingly harder to find the unspoilt natural sounds and sights are becoming eroded by the encroachment of man-made influences, from aircraft noise to light pollution. Tranquillity is an important factor in our quality of life. It affects our personal well-being and also has a significant impact on the rural economy – it’s a main reason why people want ‘to get away from it all’ and visit our countryside.

So what is tranquillity? In 2006 The Campaign to Protection of Rural England (CPRE) carried out a major study into the importance of tranquillity in the English Landscape. Their study resulted in the national tranquillity map, showing both the most and least tranquil areas in England. The following factors were used in defining tranquillity and producing the national map, they were established by a nationwide survey. It can be seen from these factors that tranquillity is a combination of both seeing and hearing. Some factors being positive and others negative

What tranquillity is

  1. Seeing a natural landscape
  2. Hearing birdsong
  3. Hearing peace and quiet
  4. Seeing natural looking woodland
  5. Seeing the stars at night
  6. Seeing streams
  7. Seeing the sea
  8. Hearing natural sounds
  9. Hearing wildlife
  10. Hearing running water

What tranquillity is not

  1. Hearing constant noise from cars, lorries and/or motorbikes
  2. Seeing lots of people
  3. Seeing urban development
  4. Seeing overhead light pollution
  5. Hearing lots of people
  6. Seeing low flying aircraft
  7. Hearing low flying aircraft
  8. Seeing power lines
  9. Seeing towns and cities
  10. Seeing roads