Hampshire's Historic Landscape Character
The basic categorisation of Historic landscape types provides a very generalised land-use related characterisation of the Hampshire landscape: 52% of Hampshire is covered by field patterns, woodland accounts for 18%, and settlements and urban areas 13%. Heathland occupies 5%, and valley floor and parkland each account for 3%. Coastal areas (including intertidal foreshore areas) account for 2%. The remaining broad types (horticulture, commons, recreation, communication nodes, defence-related sites and Industry) account for less than 1% each. Click here for a brief outline of Hampshire's historic landscape character and for Pie graphs of Historic Landscape Character for Hampshire.
The historic landscape characteristics of the county can be more clearly indicated by combining individual Historic landscape types into groups that are more sensitive in reflecting historic character, as presented in the pie chart. More details of how the types have been distinguished and identified can be found in the historic landscape types listing.
However statistics do not reveal the significant spatial variation that actually occurs in the geographical distribution of the historic landscape types. These can be best seen from the historic landscape mapping. You can explore this through the Maps page which you then use to cross refer to aerial photographs and through more detailed parish maps.