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The South Pennines: The Green Roots of Our Prosperity

October 17, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

This year’s Pennine Prospects conference will explore how the natural and cultural assets of the South Pennines can provide economic value across the landscape. The conference provides the opportunity to meet with colleagues from the public, private and voluntary sectors who share your passion for the landscape of the South Pennines.


The morning provides the opportunity to hear about projects and programmes from across the UK.

  • Clifton Bain, Director of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) UK Peatland Programme, will speak about the economic value of this unique upland habitat.
  • Peter Ross from the Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Local Action Group and Gary Smith from the Yorkshire Dales National Park will share their experiences from other distinctive landscapes around the UK.
  • The Worth Valley Young Farmers will speak about how they helped to bring the landscape of the South Pennines to life through the Fields of Vision project – part of the Yorkshire Festival 2014.


A lunch of local food will be provided for delegates.


During the afternoon delegates will have the opportunity to participate in one of the following interactive workshops:

  • Workshop 1: Working Woodlands

Edward Mills, former Director of Cumbria Woodlands, will take a closer look at the future for woodland management in the South Pennines, with a focus on how small woods can sustain jobs and contribute to economic prosperity.


  • Workshop 2: Living Waterways

Nigel Stevens, of Shire Cruisers in Sowerby Bridge, will lead a discussion on the wider economic impact of waterway regeneration and how the natural and cultural heritage of the South Pennines underpins his business.


  • Workshop 3: There’s Money in Them There Mills!

How can we use the industrial heritage of the South Pennines to encourage visitors to stay longer and spend more? During this session, you will hear from a panel of experts who work in this sector and explore a variety of ways to make heritage pay.


To reserve your place, click here to register by Monday 13th October 2014.


The first two delegates from any organisation can attend free of charge. Additional attendees will be asked to make a £10 donation to Love the South Pennines.


October 17, 2014
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Registered Charity Number 1107013
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