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A ‘Question Time’ panel debate with Howard Davies (NAAONB), Lord De Mauley (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for natural environment and science), Chris Woodley-Stuart (NAAONB/North Pennines AONB), Steve Rodrick (Chilterns Conservation Board), Mat Roberts (Landmarc Support Services) and David Butterworth (Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority).
Watch the video of the Question Time panel below.
Questions posed to the panel:
What do the panel think is the unique selling point of AONBs?
Helen Hambleton from the North Pennines
Despite several decades of agri-environment schemes, wildlife is still in decline – what can we do about this?
Phil Holden from the Shropshire Hills
Can Defra provide an assurance that local authorities are in no doubt that they are expected to support AONB Partnerships through the established funding arrangement?
Rose Day, North Devon
AONB Partnerships and national Park Authorities are working hard to diversify their income streams – how much more could they do?
Corinna Woodall, Tamar Valley
We are all aware of the work Defra has put in to protecting our budgets – is there anything more we can do to help this effort going forward?
Paul Jackson from the Howardian Hills
David Butterworth, Chief Executive of Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority presented to the conference about local AONB and National Park collaboration and benefits of collaboration at a national level.
During his talk, David shares experiences on resources, opportunities, LEP’s and working together at a landscape scale; giving examples and approaches of partnership working with local aonb’s. in his presentation David asked ‘What can we offer each other?’
In the closing of Davids talk, his final personal summary points shared were that ‘Landscapes matter. Landscapes are valued; and protected areas are greatly valued by the public, even if at a point in time they might not seen to be valued by politicians. We recognise we are custodians of this landscape even if only for a very short time; and we do have some obligation that when we pass it on to our children and grandchildren, when we pass it on to them that it is at least as good as we inherited it, and if at all possible, greatly enhanced.’