In recent years there has been a shift in defining cultural heritage away from assessing sites as discrete locations, towards seeing heritage places, objects and values as embedded in a cultural landscape. The cultural landscape results from an organic evolution involving both human and natural processes. In environmental terms, the concept of cultural landscapes supersedes the notion of the pristine wilderness, untouched by human hands.  It also shows what is needed locally is a clear appreciation that the landscape contains our roots and our stories but that it offers many different narratives and identities.  Any one of these can serve as a value system to unify a tract of countryside and guide a landscape management plan.