Landscapes for Life - Conference 2017
Lead, Share, Learn, Inspire

Tuesday 18th July - Wednesday 19th July in Winchester, Hampshire

Reflections on the Landscapes for Life Conference 2017 by Howard Davies, CEO NAAONB

After the close of the conference Howard Davies, CEO of NAAONB shares an overview of the Landscapes for Life Conference 2017.

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Bowland Award Winner – Nectarworks

Nectarworks - Bowland Award Winner 2017

At the close of the conference, the Bowland Award winner was announced. The Bowland Award 2017 was awarded to Nectarworks and presented to Mandy Oliver of North Pennines AONB.

View the presentation of the project here.

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Do Different Briefing – Communities of Practice

The Briefing explored the development of the NAAONB as a ‘community of practice’ a network of people passionate about protecting our areas of outstanding natural beauty. We will explore what a CoP is, and using an approach called ‘Appreciate Inquiry’ will identify the strengths of the AONB Family including the NAAONB, identify opportunities and through group participation craft an agenda of action based on impact and ease of implementation, to move the community forward.

The workshop delivered by Dr Tammi Sinha, Senior Lecturer Operations and Project Management, Academic Project Manager Continuous Improvement Unit at Univeristy of Winchester explored the challenges and opportunities to promote organisational excellence and quality across the network and Community of Practice.  Approaches used in leading organisations, when tackling change, such as John Kotters approach which incorporates building a sense of urgency, gathering our community, communicating our priorities and building on beneficial changes were explored. Continue reading

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Do Different Briefing – Inclusive landscapes, reconnecting people to the landscape

Want to widen your visitor profile and more accurately reflect the people and communities who live in and visit your AONB?
This session focussed on making your landscape more relevant and sustainable by actively involving a broader range of people to love, enjoy and value it.
Led by HLF’s Drew Bennellick, Head of Landscape and Natural Heritage and Liz Ellis Policy Advisor Communities and Diversity, this session provided examples of popular, successful ways to actively involve a wider range of people by using examples from both within and without the landscape world. Continue reading

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Q&A Panel – Day Two

Question and answers panel on day 2

Following the speakers presentations on day two of the conference, the speakers were invited to a question and answers panel session with questions posed by delegates.

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Video – Lord Gardiner, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defra

Lord Gardiner, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defra at Landscapes for Life Conference 2017.

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Video – Andy Middleton, TYF

After the presentation by Andy Middleton of TYF at the conference on ‘See, Prepare, Commit, Andy talks about his presentation.

View the presentation slides here.

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Special Places – Culture and the landscape – Paul Bristow, Arts Council England

Paul Bristol, Director, Strategic Partnerships at Arts Council England delivered a presentation at the conference.

Key points of the presentation included:

Making special places successful places – culture and our rural communities

  • Culture is making a huge contribution to England’s rural communities
  • People living in rural areas are more like to engage with the arts and culture than their urban counterparts
  • Culture builds prosperous places – tourism and the creative industries
  • Culture builds stronger communities – shared identities, negotiating conflict
  • Culture increases wellbeing – reducing isolation, promoting mental health Wifi available

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Brexit – Thoughts on its possible impacts – Kate Russell, CAAV

Kate Russell of  the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers spoke on day two of the conference.

Key elements of Kates’ talk included:

The Brief
The potential impact of Brexit particularly touching on

  • what causes changes in land value and the potential impact of Brexit
  • how these changes might play out socially and environmentally

What causes change in land values?
Supply and demand for farmland is affected by a huge range of factors, including: Continue reading

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