Returning to nature - Part 1: Educating the eye.

  • M. Cregan Department of Horticulture, University College, Belfield, Dublin 4.
Keywords: Landscape, wilderness, aesthetic theory, art, environment, natural woodlands, conservation.


Prior to the 18th century, unproductive land was regarded as unsightly. It did not conform to the classical ideals of order, reason and restraint. From the 18th century the situation was reversed and wild scenery, the landscape garden and Gothic Architecture were widely admired. It is argued that this dramatic change in sensibility is a result of growing urbanism and increased domination of nature by man. A counter-effect is created of increased emotional involvement with the natural world, albeit a tamed one. This culminates in our present day fascination with forest parks, nature reserves, city greens, wildlife programmes and tree preservation. Part 1 traces the emergence of the taste for scenery.
How to Cite
Cregan, M. (1984). Returning to nature - Part 1: Educating the eye . Irish Forestry. Retrieved from