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Rural Heritage

The section explains the ways in which Historic England is working with land owners, land managers, Government and its agencies to ensure that the rural historic environment is protected.

The unique character of our countryside represents a significant legacy, and our rural heritage is one of the cornerstones of its distinctiveness.

Yet now and in the future, pressures on land use and changing land management practices - many of which fall outside planning or other forms of control - present considerable challenges to caring for this heritage.

Retaining, maintaining and conserving our rural heritage in all its various forms not only enhances the appearance and character of the countryside, it also brings considerable benefits to local economies and communities.

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