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The Countryside Quality Counts project (CQC) provides a systematic assessment of how the countryside is changing. It helps us to understand where change is occurring and whether change matters to people, in terms of the way it affects the things about landscape that people value. This information can be used to inform decision-making and policies for achieving sustainable development - enhancing and maintaining the character and quality of our countryside for this and future generations.

CQC is sponsored by Natural England, in partnership with Defra and English Heritage. Analysis and assessment has been undertaken by a team led by the University of Nottingham. Consultation and communications activity has been managed by Countryscape.

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