3. Build a landscape vision and plan

Work with others to create an inspiring collective vision and design your long-term landscape plan.

Stakeholders come together to envision an inspiring future for the landscape – one that reflects their shared aspirations. Through visioning and planning, they imagine what could be and then create a landscape plan to guide us there. The landscape plan steers the implementation of holistic landscape restoration activities across the three zones, with everyone collaborating towards a jointly created and agreed vision. 

This element is about progressing from vision to action. The first two chapters introduce key stages in this process: a landscape vision, a landscape proposition, and a landscape plan. The final chapter examines tools that restoration practitioners have used for strategic planning. They apply to all kinds of strategic processes, from projects to landscape scale. 

A landscape proposition collates key information on the landscape and restoration goals, and based on the landscape vision, provides a roadmap that sets out steps to develop a landscape plan at a later stage. A landscape plan is a more detailed roadmap towards implementation and realisation of the landscape vision. It shows how to deliver 4 Returns in your landscape in the long term and is the result of intense multi-stakeholder processes based on a continuous effort to include the right people. 

The chapter, Developing a shared vision for the landscape, highlights the significance of creating a landscape vision and how to unite partners and stakeholders in its formation. We explore ways of crafting a powerful vision statement to ignite collaboration, with insights from the field. The takeaway? A shared vision is the cornerstone of collaborative progress, evolving dynamically with the project. Always anticipate the next steps to keep your vision alive and moving forward. 

The chapter, From vision to action, explains how to create a landscape proposition as an initial plan for bringing your vision to life and as a stepping stone to the landscape plan.This is followed by guidance on creating a 4 Returns landscape plan, which emphasizes the importance of a co-creative process with a diversity of stakeholders.

The chapter, Strategic planning tools, provides a foundation for strategic planning, including tools and frameworks to help you move from a vision to actionable steps. 

Envisaged outcomes

  • A shared vision for a healthy sustainable, resilient, productive landscape. The vision should be long-term (at least 20 years) and address the returns desired from the landscape.
  • 4 Returns landscape proposition developed.
  • 4 Returns landscape plan developed. A detailed document setting out how the 4 Returns landscape restoration will be carried out over the long term. The document can be preceded by a landscape proposition to mobilise more stakeholders and resources towards the landscape plan.

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