MHLA brought together a team including an ecologist, archaeologist, forester and landscape planning expert to identify green/blue corridors across Stirlingshire. These create a network of water courses, woodland, archaeological sites, lowland peatlands and access routes, thereby repairing hundreds of years of destruction and fragmentation, and benefitting wildlife and habitats as well as the human population. MHLA used GIS mapping, thus allowing the information to be incorporated into Stirling Council’s database.
MHLA prepared starter-packs for 14 specific projects that can be progressed quickly once funding comes forward.
CYCLEWAY: HEAD OF LOCH FYNE
This is a study for an as yet unbuilt cycle / walking link from Rest and Be Thankful to Loch Fyne, identifying route options and engineering implications. The route would reconnect communities through non-motorised transport and provide a safe cycleway off the busy trunk road.
ISLE OF GIGHA
WITH ANDERSON BELL CHRISTIE ARCHITECTS
MHLA analysed the patterns and interrelation of ecology, landscape and building settlements as part of the planning of development aimed at bringing people back to the island to live and work, and to secure the ongoing health of the community.
RENEWABLES: HYDRO POWER
MHLA is providing landscape Clerk of Works and Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment services to a number of hydro power schemes in sensitive landscapes across Scotland, including National Parks, Search Areas of Wild Land and National Scenic Areas. We are working to carefully locate and enhance these developments so that they fit into the landscape without detriment to the special qualities of these important and sensitive sites.