‘Custodianship’ is an idea that we believe can help describe the work of local people individually, and as members of ‘groups’ or organisations, which can affect the ‘landscape’ or ‘countryside’ around us. We have then extended the idea to describe the way residents as members of ‘groups’ can exercise ‘custodianship’ or influence over wider aspects of ‘community life’ as well.
The idea of ‘custodianship’ emerged from discussions with farmers and forest rangers when drafting the Rowlands Castle Local Landscape Character Assessment of 2012 (LLCA). Farmers and rangers were regarded as ’custodians of the countryside’, by applying their own practices and standards to the countryside for which they were responsible. (A copy of the LLCA 2012 is enclosed below under ‘Reports’).