Tranquility Mapping ProjectI stumbled across this out-of-date message on a conservation volunteering website, in among the calls for dry-stone wallers, fence-builders and people to give guided tours of Red Kite nests.
The Chilterns area has been selected for 'tranquility mapping' - a project organised jointly by the Chilterns Conservation Board, the Universities of Northumbria and Newcastle and the Countryside Agency. Volunteers are required to help with the study into how the problem of noise can be dealt with.
Up to 16 people will be chosen and trained for the exercise - no direct experience essential - perhaps just an interest into the basics of the study would be an advantage!
The study will run for a 6 - 8 week period to gather the information needed.
The idea that tranquility has a definition and an attached campaigning position is rather intriguing. What other abstract concepts could you set definitions to?
Define what would make an area funky, alienating, pretty, depressing, boring, trendy. You have five bullet points. Remember to define your disturbance categories, and bear in mind that you're aiming for broad-brush categories.
The devil's in the outlines.