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Tickets are now on sale. You can register via Eventbrite; once you have requested your place we will issue an invoice for payment.

Registration is now open

Have a look at the programme and ticket options, then book your place


Travel to venue


Accommodation check-in opens

From 3pm

We’re working on a range of ‘stretch your legs’ activities. Confirmed so far:
3:00-5:30pm - a walk up the Wrekin led by the Shropshire Hills National Landscape team
3:00-4:30pm - a tour of the Harper Adams farm
5:00-6:00pm - five-a-side football. All welcome - this isn't a men-only slot!
TBC - a group
You will be able to book your choice of activities via the conference app.

7pm for 8pm

The bar opens ahead of dinner. Tuesday evening will be a relaxed welcome night.



Gentle yoga. Booking will be via the conference app.


Registration, networking and tea/coffee


Welcome to the conference

• National Landscape Association Chair’s introduction
• Welcome from your hosts – Phil Holden, Shropshire National Landscape
• Welcome from Harper Adams University - Ken Sloan, Vice Chancellor
• Platinum Sponsor’s address
• Setting the scene – John Watkins, National Landscapes Association

Networking and coffee

Disrupt: getting out of our comfort zone
• Corinne Pluchino, Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE)
• Mary Colwell, Curlew Action
• Heather Wildman, Saviour Associates
• Pre-recorded session from Tony Juniper, Natural England




Workshop session
You’ll be able to attend two of the following topics:

• Doughnut Economics for policy goals. Helen Lucocq. Bannau Brycheiniog National Park.
• Green Finance - What (and who) should we say no to? National Landscapes Association Nature-based Solutions team and Finance Earth.
• A conversation on how we make national landscapes more inclusive, using the experience of Cannock Chase as an example. Cannock Chase National Landscape team and Direct Access.
• Binding powerful coalitions in the landscape: shifting the paradigm through seeking to further the purposes? Ruth Larbey, National Landscapes Association, Tim Slaney, South Downs NPA, and John Mills, Cotswolds National Landscape.
• How a social and behavioural context can help us to deliver better farm advice and support. Dr Fiona Williams and Prof David Rose, Harper Adams University, supported by protected landscapes staff.
• National Landscapes: responding to the climate, nature and wellbeing crisis. Dawn Griffiths and Hazel McDowall, Natural England.
• Heritage 2033 and opportunities for funding. Drew Bennellick, National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Bookings are via the conference app.


Networking and coffee


Workshop session 2
Your second choice of workshop
Bookings will be via the conference app


Fringe sessions
When you book your conference ticket you’ll be able to suggest a topic you’d like to host. We balance the topics to ensure a good spread and we provide a room; the rest is up to you! The topic can be anything you like, not necessarily related to the conference theme.

7:00pm for 8:00pm

The bar will open at 7pm, ready for a barbecue at 8pm (indoors if it rains!)
We’ve had a request for an informal jamming session. If you play an instrument, bring it along and get stuck in after dinner!


All day

You’ll be able to attend one field trip, but we ask you to give your top three choices so we can balance numbers. Take a look at the Field Trip information below before you book your place.

7:00pm for 8:00pm

Bar opens ahead of the conference dinner, which will start at 8pm.

Field Trips

Cannock Chase National Landscape
Cheshire Sandstone Ridge
Clwydian Range and Dee Valley National Landscape
The National Forest
Natural England / Shropshire Wildlife Trust
Peak District National Park
FULLY BOOKED: Shropshire Hills National Landscape trip 1: Clun Valley
FULLY BOOKED: Shropshire Hills National Landscape trip : Long Mynd and Stiperstones
Shropshire Hills National Landscape trip 3: Clee Hills



Gentle yoga.
Group run.
Booking will be via the conference app.


Registration, networking and coffee


National Landscapes Question Time

Our panel will be taking your questions. It will be chaired by Anjana Khatwa, Trustee of the National Landscapes Association. Panel members:

• Mike McClure, Landscapes Northern Ireland Development Manager
• Catherine Mealing-Jones, Bannau Brycheiniog National Park
• Carol Ritchie, EUROPARC Federation
• John Watkins, National Landscape Association
• Speaker tbc

Additional panel members to be confirmed


Networking and coffee


The art of the possible
• Carol Ritchie, EUROPARC Federation
• Kerenza McClarnan, National Landscapes Association
• Charlie Waite, founder of Landscape Photographer of the Year

Closing remarks and conference reflections


Departure with a packed lunch

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