In-depth mapping of tranquillity indicators

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In 2006 the CPRE (Campaign for the Protection of Rural England) published a new tranquillity map of England. In order to help direct efforts towards sustaining tranquillity - a key attribute of AONBs and National Parks, we obtained the original data and carried out further investigative work to apply it to the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB.

The report covers the work carried out to compare the supplied tranquillity data with tranquillity data observed from field studies. It also examines possible relationships between tranquillity and landscape character.


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The GIS Model

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) model, associates the survey information with a range of national datasets and took account of topography to create a map showing how likely each locality was to make people feel tranquil.


The tranquillity map is made up of 44 layers of information based on what people say adds to and detracts from tranquillity, weighted according to how important those factors are, and taking into account the country’s topography. If you could peel away the layers, you would see maps which show the positive or negative impact on tranquillity of:

  • natural landscape, including woodland
  • rivers, streams, lakes and the sea
  • birds and other wildlife
  • wide open spaces
  • cars, motorbikes, trains and aircraft, roads and railways
  • light pollution
  • towns, cities and villages
  • large numbers of people
  • pylons, power lines, masts and wind turbines.

You can view the full tranquillity report in the publications section of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs AONB Website.

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