Landscape comprises the visible features of an area of land
, including the physical elements oflandforms
 such as (ice-capped) mountains, hills, water bodies such as rivers
, lakes
, ponds and thesea
, living elements of land cover
 including indigenous vegetation
, human elements including different forms of land use
, buildings and structures, and transitory elements such as lighting
and weather
 conditions.
Combining both their physical origins and the cultural overlay of human presence, often created over millennia, landscapes reflect the living synthesis of people and place vital to local andnational identity
. Landscapes, their character and quality, help define the self image of a region, its sense of place that differentiates it from other regions. It is the dynamic backdrop to people’s lives.

Landscape comprises the visible features of an area of land , including the physical elements oflandforms  such as (ice-capped) mountains, hills, water bodies such as rivers , lakes , ponds and thesea , living elements of land cover  including indigenous vegetation , human elements including different forms of land use , buildings and structures, and transitory elements such as lighting and weather  conditions. Combining both their physical origins and the cultural overlay of human presence, often created over millennia, landscapes reflect the living synthesis of people and place vital to local andnational identity . Landscapes, their character and quality, help define the self image of a region, its sense of place that differentiates it from other regions. It is the dynamic backdrop to people’s lives.