4 October 2021
Nidderdale High School and Community College, Low Wath Rd, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate HG3 5HL
A panel of geographers, economists and policy specialists as well as farmers and estate managers will discuss the reasons why changes in land use are necessary in Nidderdale and the wider uplands of Britain. They will explain the environmental, economic and policy contexts for the debate, and provide practical illustrations of the problems of continuing unchanged. This will include the rising costs and diminishing returns of intensive farming and the changes to the government subsidy regimes.
The discussion will also cover what any changes could or should be: from pure rewilding to moves towards less-intensive farming or changes to moorland management. It will provide real life examples to show how such changes can come into effect and be managed in a positive way. There will be scope for questions and audience contributions to facilitate meaningful debate after the various presentations.
Advance booking for this event is required.
This event has been organised by the Yorkshire and North East committee and Paul Howard.
Dr Julia Aglionby: Chair of the Uplands Alliance, Chair of the Cumbria Inquiry of the Food, Farming & Countryside Commission, Executive director of the Foundation for Common Land
Professor Tim Benton: Chair of the ‘Innovative Farmers’ research network, adviser to the Food, Farming & Countryside Commission, Leader of the Energy, Environment and Resources programme at Chatham House
Dr Steve Carver: Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds, Director of the Wildland Research Institute, Joint Chair of the IUCN CEM Task Force on Rewilding
Chris Clark: former Dales farmer and member of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, author of the Hill Farm Profitability report commissioned by the RSPB, Wildlife Trusts and National Trust
Tom Orde-Powlett: Vice-Chair of the Moorland Association, owns and runs the Castle Bolton estate in Wensleydale, active member of The British Trust for Ornithology, The Countryside Alliance and the RSPB
All event attendees will be expected to follow any COVID-19 rules that the venue has in place. Please do not attend the event if you feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms.
Further information about the venue's COVID-19 policy can be found here. The venue will continue to review all safety measures, so please check back before your visit in case any of the guidance has changed. If you have any further questions, please contact the venue.
In line with government and public health COVID-19 guidelines, this event may be cancelled or the capacity may be reduced at short notice. If this happens, we will be in contact to notify you and arrange a refund (if required).
This event is recognised by the Society as being suitable professional development for Chartered Geographer and may also be suitable for other professional accreditations.
Featured image: Paul Howard.
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