What is Tranquillity?

There is currently no universally accepted definition of tranquillity, but the definitions used generally include words such as calm, peaceful, without noise.

When used in the context of planning and land management decisions, we find that the definition by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), provides the most rounded definition, by relating the sense of this calmness to experiencing the sights and sounds of nature:

‘The quality of calm experienced in places with mainly natural features and activities, free from disturbance from manmade ones.’

In this paper we review existing approaches to assessing tranquillity and how mapping relative tranquillity can be used to inform planning and land management decisions.

Read our white paper, Tranquillity Assessment: The Way is Out There.