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Hosted by the Woodland Trust this visit took conference delegates to Longbeech Wood. As a recent Woodland Trust Demonstration site where an open book approach has been developed to consider innovative woodland management approaches, they saw how they are responding to PAWs issues, tree health, deer management and generating profitable forestry management in combination with landscape and access management. The visit then went to the Hucking Estate, a significant landscape restoration site owned by the Woodland Trust within the Kent Downs AONB.
Heritage Coasts are much loved by the nation and many of them form the coastal extent of the UK’s AONBs and National Parks. Whilst mentioned in the NPPF, there is less focus on Heritage Coasts than previously. The ”Hobhouse” review detailed in the 25 YEP, along with experience from Welsh colleagues, presents an opportunity to think about their place in the future of Protected Landscapes.
Question and Answer panel from the afternoons speakers chaired by Chris Reynolds with panelists Matthew Quinn, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, University of Cardiff
on How AONBs can deliver on sustainable management of natural resources, Dr Kirsten McEwan, Department of Psychology, University of Derby
on Connecting people with nature and Mark Pope, Chair of the Environment Forum, National Farmers’ Union on How we will work with AONB Partnerships and Conservation Boards to deliver public goods post Brexit.