Diamond Landscape Conference

Bookings are now open for the 2019 Annual Conference.  Open to everyone to attend but booking is essential.

With 2019 being the 60th Anniversary of the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty our Annual Conference will take a slightly different format to that of previous years.  Instead of a daytime event, this year we have decided to run the Conference from 3.30pm to 8.30pm.  We are holding it in November to tie in with the date of the official designation order being November 1959.  As the conference takes place in November, we won’t be holding field trips or workshops, but it will be a true celebration of the 60 years since the Cornwall AONB was designated under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.

Photograph by Chris Coldwell

Photograph by Chris Coldwell

The theme is ‘Diamond Landscapes – what does the future hold and what will be our vision for the next 10 years?’.  Especially in the light of the recent Government Review of National Parks and AONB’s led by Julian Glover with the results of the Review published on the 21st September 2019.  Many of the findings of the Glover Review will form the basis for discussions at our Conference and also incorporate the Government’s ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment?’

This year we are charging delegates £10 per ticket to help cover costs of holding the event.  There will be a reduced £5 per ticket rate for students/under 25s as we’re keen to encourage a younger audience to join and participate in the event and share their vision for the future.  Price includes refreshments and hot and cold Buffet Supper.

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We are privileged to have 2 keynote speakers this year – Mark Cocker and Graham Harvey.  Mark Cocker is an author of creative non-fiction.  He is a naturalist and environmental tutor who writes and broadcasts about nature and wildlife http://www.markcocker.com/

Photograph by Reginald Poad

Photograph by Reginald Poad

Graham Harvey has written about food and farming for over 40 years and is passionate about what he calls ‘Real Food Farming’; Britain’s farmland is a precious resource https://www.grahamharvey.org.uk/

Full programme and booking of the event is on Eventbrite.