Annual Conference 2017

The Pennine Prospects’ Annual Conference 2017: The South Pennines in the 21st Century – its landscape and cultural heritage

David Knight, Director of Pennine Prospects and Natural England Manager, invited the 75 plus delegates to join the conversation regarding the proposed South Pennines Regional Park.

Five speakers provided thought provoking presentations in the morning session followed by four workshops in the afternoon; all offered participants an opportunity to reflect on the role of the South Pennines in the 21st century.

Here is the full conference report

Carol Ritchie, Executive Director, EUROPARC Federation, looked at Regional Parks: A European perspective

What value do regional parks bring to people, landscapes and the rural economy? Carol’s presentation focussed on the experiences of regional parks around Europe and looked at different elements that gave each regional park its distinctiveness.

Carol argued that: “Regional parks can fire our imaginations” Please download her presentation here

Chris Dean, Head of Programme Delivery, Moors for the Future Partnership, asked: Why Does the Natural Environment Matter?

Who we are: The Moors for the Future Partnership was established in 2003. Since then it has secured £32 million funding and worked across the South Pennines and the Peak District, with a focus on blanket bog preservation.

This has resulted in:
• Improved landscape, plants and wildlife
• Improvements to water quality
• Flood prevention
• Carbon storage

Chris said the partnership was “Taking something broken and fixing it”

Martin Carey, Chief Executive, Mourne Heritage Trust, explained the position of Mourne AONB in his presentation: Making a Difference by Using Landscapes: a view from Northern Ireland

The Mourne AONB is a special and high quality landscape but not protected as a National Park.

Chris Sands, The Good Company, introduced Totally Locally: an adventure into Local Distinctiveness and took us on a Totally Locally journey from the South Pennines to Barossa in Australia.

The Totally Locally campaign, developed in Calderdale, has spread throughout the UK and beyond. Chris showed an interesting film on his work in Australia seen here

Chris also showed the Tale of a Tenner creating positive change in the South Pennines seen here

Mike Burke, Natural England, Area Manager for Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Lancashire, showed how we can Put People at the Heart of Landscape

Partnerships can struggle with commitment; not just financial but also political and engagement. We are here to help if needed. Please download his presentation here

Pam Warhurst, Chair, Pennine Prospects, summed up the day: So what was that all about? A vision for the South Pennines Regional Park

Pam focussed her presentation on the vision for the South Pennines – a landscape of the people for the people – a regional park that is inclusive. Pam argued that the time is right and that there is a strong sense that a regional park for the South Pennines is really needed.
Download Pam’s presentation here