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Historic Environment Audit Goes Online

11 December 2007

Historic Scotland has today (Tuesday) published a report detailing what we currently know about the state of the country’s historic environment.

The report, A Review of existing information for Scotland’s Historic Environment Audit, is available from and will form the basis for an ongoing programme of audit of the care, maintenance and required investment in the historic environment.

Key findings include:

·how much of our heritage is protected,
·the condition of our heritage,
·how the historic environment is managed and resourced,
·the benefits of the historic environment

This is the first time that a systematic review of Scotland’s historic environment has been made available and Historic Scotland will continue to work with the Historic Environment Audit Stakeholder Advisory Group to commission further research into the areas highlighted by this report.

Notes for editors
·Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government. It is responsible for safeguarding the nation’s historic environment and promoting its understanding and enjoyment.

·In Scotland 7,782 sites are protected as scheduled monuments, 47,329 buildings are listed. There are also 628 designated conservation areas.

·Scotland has three cultural World Heritage Sites – The Heart of Neolithic Orkney, The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh and New Lanark. St Kilda is a dual natural and cultural World Heritage Site.

·The non-statutory Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes includes 386 sites, ranging from public parks to the estates of country houses and castles.

·85% of scheduled monuments are in a good or satisfactory condition.

·There are a limited number of printed copies available. Please contact us on 0131 668 8083 to request a copy.

For further information

Lesley Brown
Historic Scotland
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873