These landscapes are unique in Scotland and of European importance as surviving medieval royal landscapes with rich surviving archaeology and documentation. As Ruth Parsons, Chief Executive of Historic Scotland said, in her introductory remarks at the conference, they provide a magificient setting for the castle; they were also key assets to Stirling as a royal residence.
The landscapes are not scheduled and have little protection from fragmentation or even development; their status as part of the Crown Estate is under review. So, perhaps now is the time to act. Stirling Local History Society has set the ball rolling with a geophysical survey in summer 2011 (see the Projects and Developments page of this website). There is a clear need to research the landscapes thoroughly and then to manage and interpret them for a modern audience. This could have a huge impact on Stirling, encouraging visitors to explore and spend more time (and cash!) in the area. And it could save landscapes as precious as any Crown Jewels.
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