Preservation of Landscape
Pam rydyn ni’n meddwl bod gwarchod y dirwedd yn bwysig
The visible landscape affects human beings in many ways, including aesthetic appreciation and health and well-being. Natural landscapes give stronger positive health effects than urban landscapes, which have a less positive and in some cases a negative effect on health. Three main kinds of health effects have been identified: short-term recovery from stress or mental fatigue; faster physical recovery from illnes; and long-term overall improvement of people’s health and well-being.
Consequently, people tend to recover more quickly from stress and mental fatigue in natural than in urban environments.
But not all natural environments are equally restorative. Dense wooded areas may evoke fear and stress and require a high level of directed attention to avoid getting lost or tripping over. In contrast, exposure to natural environments with high levels of visibility – that is, far-reaching views such as those typified by the Cambrian uplands – and low levels of refuge, has been shown to be restorative.
There is thus an important, though unquantifiable, benefit to both the physical and mental health of local communities and visitors from maintaining the spectacular upland vistas of the Cambrian Mountains, accessible and unimpaired.
Follow the drop-down menu under Preservation of Landscape to read more about the threats to this precious landscape.