Pennine Prospects October Conference will explore the landscape of opportunity that is the South Pennines

Posted: 13.09.13

“Please join us at this year’s Pennine Prospects conference to explore the economic, social and environmental opportunities provided by the landscape of the South Pennines,” said Pam Warhurst CBE, Chair of Pennine Prospects.

“The conference will explore how we engage with the emerging Local Enterprise Partnerships in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire and the proposal for a regional park in the South Pennines.”

The rural regeneration company’s annual conference will take place in Rochdale Town Hall between 9.30am and 3.30pm on Friday, October 11. Places are free but must be booked by Monday, October 7.

In the morning the keynote speaker, Dr Michael Schwarze-Rodrian, will highlight the lessons that can be learned from the regional park experience in Germany when he discusses the Emscher Park programme, which has seen the redevelopment of one of the most polluted and environmentally devastated areas in the world; the Ruhr district in Germany.

Speakers from Visit England and the Canal and River Trust, will focus on the opportunities around sustainable tourism and the waterways of the South Pennines.

David Hall, Regional Director Yorkshire and the Humber at Sustrans, will be the final speaker of the morning and will set the scene for the Grand Depart of the Tour to France, which passes through the South Pennines in July 2014.

Following lunch delegates will be able to participate in one of four activities. On offer there is the opportunity to take part in an interactive workshop; either making the most of cycling in the South Pennines or Voluntary action and the Watershed Landscape project; or to go on a site visit; either a tour of the Grade Listed 1 Rochdale Town Hall or to join the Environment Agency team to see the work undertaken in the centre of the town to open up the River Roch.

Participation at the conference is free but places must be booked in advance by emailing email Ann Atkins, telephoning 01274 433536 or completing the booking form below by Monday, October 7.

The conference is supported by the Watershed Landscape project and the South Pennines LEADER programme, (the Rural Development Programme for England), which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union.

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Yorkshire Water United Utilities Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council National Farmers Union
South Pennines Association Lancashire County Council Pennine Heritage Kirklees Council Calderdale Council
Bradford District Council Northern Rail Natural England Environment Agency The National Trust