Landscapes for Life - Conference 2014
Sharing, Learning, Inspiring

The Sixteenth Annual Conference took place on Tuesday 8th - Thursday 10th July 2014 in Penrith, Cumbria.
All sessions and postings from the 2014 conference are archived below.

Reflections on the 2014 Conference by Howard Davies, CEO NAAONB

After the close of the conference, Chris Woodley-Stewart of North Pennines AONB / NAAONB talks to Howard Davies, CEO NAAONB about the Landscapes for Life Conference 2014.

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Question Time

Question Time

A ‘Question Time’ panel debate with Howard Davies (NAAONB), Lord De Mauley (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for natural environment and science), Chris Woodley-Stuart (NAAONB/North Pennines AONB), Steve Rodrick (Chilterns Conservation Board), Mat Roberts (Landmarc Support Services) and David Butterworth (Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority).

Watch the video of the Question Time panel below.

Questions posed to the panel:

What do the panel think is the unique selling point of AONBs?

Helen Hambleton from the North Pennines

Despite several decades of agri-environment schemes, wildlife is still in decline – what can we do about this?

Phil Holden from the Shropshire Hills

Can Defra provide an assurance that local authorities are in no doubt that they are expected to support AONB Partnerships through the established funding arrangement?

Rose Day, North Devon

AONB Partnerships and national Park Authorities are working hard to diversify their income streams – how much more could they do?

Corinna Woodall, Tamar Valley

We are all aware of the work Defra has put in to protecting our budgets – is there anything more we can do to help this effort going forward?

Paul Jackson from the Howardian Hills

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Video – Lord De Mauley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for natural environment and science

Lord De Mauley, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for natural environment and science delivered a talk at the conference.

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Video – Where we should be aiming for – Steve Rodrick

Video of the presentation by Steve Rodrick, Chief Officer of the Chilterns Conservation Board. Presentation slides can be viewed here.

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Where we should be aiming for – Steve Rodrick, Chilterns Conservation Board

Steve Rodrick, Chief Officer of the Chilterns Conservation Board speaks about where we’ve come from, how we got here and where we should be aiming for.

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Video – The Value of AONB’s to Business – Mat Roberts

Video of the presentation by Mat Roberts, Head of Sustainability at Landmarc Support Services. Presentation slides can be viewed here.

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The Value of AONB’s to Business – Mat Roberts, Landmarc Support Services

Mat Roberts, Head of Sustainability at Landmarc Support Services speaks about how Protected Landscape organisations could make themselves more attractive to corporate organisations.

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Video – Collaboration on a local and national level – David Butterworth, Yorkshire Dales NPA

David-Butterworth-Landscapes-for-Life-Conference-2014David Butterworth, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority presented to the conference about local AONB and National Park collaboration and benefits of collaboration at a national level.

During his talk, David shares experiences on resources, opportunities, LEP’s and working together at a landscape scale; giving examples and approaches of partnership working with local aonb’s. in his presentation David asked ‘What can we offer each other?’
In the closing of Davids talk, his final personal summary points shared were that ‘Landscapes matter. Landscapes are valued; and protected areas are greatly valued by the public, even if at a point in time they might not seen to be valued by politicians.  We recognise we are custodians of this landscape even if only for a very short time; and we do have some obligation that when we pass it on to our children and grandchildren, when we pass it on to them that it is at least as good as we inherited it, and if at all possible, greatly enhanced.’

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Field Trips – Field Trip 5 – Inspirational Solway

Field trip 5On day two of the conference, the local AONB Partnerships and National Park Authorities organised a day which gave delegates an opportunity to see a wide range of initiatives and projects.

The photos in the following slideshow below are from Field Trip 5 – Inspirational Solway which gave the opportunity for delegates to take a cycle trip with a difference through the secret lanes and meadows lying between the Forest of Bowland AONB and the Yorkshire Dales National Park, meet a community broadband group and sustainable tourism operators, and view biodiversity projects where partnership working is really making a difference.

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Field Trip 5 - Inspirational Solway - Landscapes for Life Conference 2014

Photo Credits: Cathy Smith, Dedham Vale & Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB.

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