Cornwall AONB Annual Conference 2016

 “Landscapes with benefits”


Free event

Saturday 7th May 2016,  Bedruthan  Hotel and Spa,

Mawgan Porth, Nr Newquay, TR8 4BU




09.30  Registration, tea and coffee

10.00  Welcome and introduction by Dr Robert Kirby-Harris, Chairman, Cornwall AONB Partnership

10.05    Film show

10.10    Opening by Steve Double MP – the benefits of Cornwall’s beauty 

10.20    Reflecting on the past year and looking ahead - Colette Beckham, Cornwall AONB Partnership Manager

10.40     Coffee break 

11.00    Economic benefits of Cornwall’s protected landscape - Jonathon Jones,  Managing Director of Trade, Tregothnan Estate

11.30    The Natural Capital of the AONB landscape – Prof. Kevin Gaston, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership and Director of the Environmental Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn

12.00     Questions and Answers

12.20    Photo Competition winners presentations

12.30    Lunch    (there will be a Planning Surgery* during lunch where delegates can speak to James Evans, Cornwall AONB Planning Officer about local planning issues max 5 mins per delegate)



1.30    Workshops - Afternoon session 1 (see booking form to make your choices)

2.30    Break

2.50    Workshops - Afternoon session 2 (see booking form to make your choices) 

3.50    Workshops end – delegates return to main conference room (15 minutes break to re-arrange main     conference room layout)

4.05    Closing plenary

4.20    Closing film 

4.30    Depart


Workshop choices

Delegates can attend 2 different afternoon workshops. Please select your priority for your afternoon workshops.  1 being the highest priority and 5 being the lowest.  Places are limited so will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

A    Guided relaxation meditation session - outside on the fields (indoors if wet).  Led by instructor from Bedruthan Hotel & Spa.  NB: This involves a 5 minute walk downhill on uneven surface to fields and back up so may not be suitable for delegates with mobility restrictions.  Max 15 delegates per session.    Mats, towels, other equipment will all be provided
B    Building a sustainable business in a natural environment  – led by Tania Clark, The Scarlet Hotel (Bedruthan’s sister hotel).  Indoor workshop.         
C    Water: Friend and Foe - Water is the lifeblood of our landscape but as well as life, water can also bring damage, such as pollution and floods - led by Lucy Morris and Matt Healey from Westcountry Rivers Trust.  Indoor workshop.          
D   Health and Well-being benefits of the outdoors – led by the European Centre for Environment and Human Health and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. Indoor workshop.       
E    Field trip to nearby National Trust owned land at Carnewas and Park Head – led by Mike Simmons, National Trust warden.  This will involve some walking and a minibus will be provided to take delegates from/back to the Hotel.  Please indicate  your walking ability.    

Refreshments and lunch will be provided during the day, free of charge.  Car Parking is available at the Hotel for delegates. Please return the booking form by Wednesday 27th April 2016 via email to
Karen Johns or by post to the Cornwall AONB Unit, Block D3, Carrick House, Pydar Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 1EB.  Telephone 01872 322350 for any questions. 

*Pre-booking of Planning Surgery required – first come, first served basis


Please return completed booking forms to