Centre Wellington Cultural Heritage Landscape Study Online Survey
The Township of Centre Wellington has retained Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI), in collaboration with Fotenn Planning + Design and the Landplan Studio Inc. to undertake a Cultural Heritage Landscape (CHL) Study in order to identify, evaluate, inventory, and map significant CHLs in Centre Wellington.
What is a CHL?
It is defined as a geographical area that may have been modified by human activity and is identified as having cultural heritage value or interest by a community, including an Indigenous community. The area may include features such as structures, spaces, archaeological sites or natural elements that are valued together for their interrelationship, meaning or association. Examples may include heritage conservation districts, villages, parks, gardens, farmsteads, mainstreets, neighbourhoods, cemeteries, trailways, viewsheds, natural areas, and industrial complexes of heritage significance.
Where can we find CHLs?
CHLs can be found everywhere. How we experience places and landscapes is very much influenced by the surrounding natural and cultural environment. The area that is now the Township of Centre Wellington has been shaped by natural features like the Grand River and elements like topography, tree cover, and soil type. These elements, in turn, influenced how humans have interacted with and used the landscape for thousands of years. Some of these interactions did not leave a mark, but others, like the establishment of transportation corridors, the clearing of forests for the purposes of agriculture, and the development of sites for industry and settlement, have shaped and continue to shape the landscape of the Township today. These elements are one way to start thinking about CHLs: how and where they might have formed, why they might be significant, and what parts of them should be protected?
We need your help!
Please help us highlight the special places that contribute to the ever-evolving story and narrative of the Township of Centre Wellington by identifying potential cultural heritage landscapes that are nested within or associated with the Township-wide elements listed above.
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