Project title: Identification and preservation of historic field paterns
Project coordinator: FES CULS
Project leader: Prof. Petr Sklenicka
Project schedule: 2018-2021 Total project budget: 20 000 000 Kč
Although historic hedgerow-defined field patterns form a key part of the Czech cultural landscape, their distribution is not systematically recorded and there is a general lack of research on these valuable landscapes. They are therefore not sufficiently protected and they continue to be damaged and destroyed, often due to the lack of information and to the absence of the principles of their protection.
The goal of this project is to provide information for the qualified protection of these areas, especially to the civil service authorities. To identify the preserved medieval field patterns in the whole area of the Czech Republic and to analyze their relevant attributes. To establish the age of selected field patterns and to analyze their development. To determine the key factors behind the disappearance of these landscapes and to propose the system of their protection which takes into account their individual types and regionally specific characteristics. To define methodical principles of the evidence of these patterns, as well as principles for land consolidation projects and masterplans in these areas.
The final goal of the project is to create a basis for sustainable development and restoration of landscapes with historic field patterns. Software created within the project will enable the users of these landscapes (e.g. civil service authorities, planners, researchers, students) to precisely identify the remnants of historic field patterns in a given area and to gain parameters necessary for their conservation and restoration. The project will also present a utility model for the optimization of hydrological balance of landscapes with historical field patterns.
The inventory and research of the remnants of medieval field patterns will not only facilitate their direct protection, but also their presentation to the public and their accessibility. The results of the project will be popularized via the media, exhibitions and specialized software.