Studying the landscape is important for our understanding of the past. In addition to the forces of nature, the actions of people have contributed to the reshaping of our environment. Indeed, in prehistory (before the existence of written evidence), the changes our ancestors made in a particular landscape can sometimes be the only clue as to how they lived in those times.
Studying the past is equally important if we want to understand the effect on the environment of our actions today. This section looks at recent efforts to improve our local environment and safeguard it for future generations, so we can continue to enjoy a better way of living.