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Tranquillity 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.

What tranquillity is  

Based on those factors identified by the 2006 study by the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE):

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