Pennine Prospects' Annual Conference
Landscape takes centre stage at Pennine Prospects Annual Conference
‘To designate or not to designate’; that was the question at the heart of the Pennine Prospects’ Annual Conference this year. Nearly 80 delegates battled through snow and traffic chaos to attend the conference in Halifax; travelling from Cumbria, North Yorkshire and the Peak District as well as the South Pennines, to hear speakers from England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy.
As a champion of the South Pennines, a distinctive landscape lacking official recognition or special designation, Pennine Prospects had brought together a wide range of delegates from the public and private sectors to consider the opportunities and challenges faced by those trying to promote, protect and manage distinctive landscapes.
Pam Warhurst, Pennine Prospects Chair, warned delegates that there was no-one else to take up the challenges. “This is not someone else’s problem; this is for us. People don’t talk about landscapes but they care about them. It’s up to us to find a way to engage with people so that they ‘get it’. How do we release the positive?”
Passionate speakers each brought their own experiences to bear on the challenges of landscape management.
The Conference Report can be downloaded here