Community Landscape Issues
Parishes represent areas within which communities have exploited and gradually shaped their environment over the last millennium or more. They therefore make natural geographical entities within which to examine the historic character of the landscape to show how this reflects long-term community interaction with the environment, and how such characteristics contribute to a sense of place.
By combining the historic landscape and parish data sets, the Hampshire GIS system makes it possible to analyse the historic character of the landscape from this long-term community perspective. The historic landscape characteristics of every parish in Hampshire, in terms of relative land cover, is presented in a series of six Parish Bar Charts where you can find your parish: Parishes A-B, Parishes B-E, Parishes F-I, Parishes K-N, Parishes O-S, Parishes S-Y. These show both how some parishes share closely comparable historic characteristics in their environment, and how very different others are.
A small number of parish map extracts have been derived from the GIS system to show how the different types of historic land-use resources are distributed geographically within these examples. The parishes have been selected to illustrate the variety of historic landscape characteristics from one part of the county to another.
Some of these map extracts show how parishes often straddle significant geological
and topographical divisions within the landscape, thus exploiting a variety
of natural resources. This tends to be most obvious along the northern, and
to some extent southern boundaries of the chalk. The pattern can also be seen
along the western side of the New Forest, west of the River Avon and around
Silchester, and in how parishes either straddle or have a boundary along rivers.
Another characteristic that emerges from the mapping is how woodland tends to
be clustered around the edges of parishes.