ICOMOS-UK’s Hybrid Summer Event

July 8, 2024 Published by Alex McCoskrie

Upland farming communities as deliverers of cultural and natural heritage 

Join ICOMOS-UK on Tuesday 16th July 2024, 4.30pm – 6.30pm (with reception afterwards 6.30pm – 8pm) to hear about the Dartmoor Review and how local communities should have a stronger voice in managing cultural landscapes.

Dartmoor together with other English National Parks and the English Lake District World Heritage Site are much loved protected landscapes, shaped by generations of pastoralists. Following the recent independent Dartmoor Review, commissioned by the government, the need for farmers’ voices to be heard in the management of these upland cultural landscapes has come strongly into focus

ICOMOS-UK’s Summer Event is both in-person (at 70 Cowcross Street London EC1M) and online, and gives delegates the chance to hear about the Dartmoor Review and how the Review and DEFRA’s Policy paper response should allow local communities to have a stronger voice in the management of our protected landscapes and in the delivery of their cultural as well as natural heritage benefits.

Speakers & Panel Discussion:

David Fursdon, Chair of the Dartmoor Review and Lord-Lieutenant Devon

Why the Dartmoor Review was necessary, the symbiotic relationships between cultural/nature in upland farming, the traditional knowledge systems that underpin farming practices, and how support for farmers should better reflect both the cultural and natural benefits that the landscape delivers.

Will Cockbain, Member of the Dartmoor Review panel and Lake District hill farmer

The mismatch between the value given to upland landscapes and to the farmers that shape those landscapes; why farming communities are more than a collection of farmers, the need for urgent action to sustain the increasingly fragile resilience of farming communities.

Professor Lois Mansfield, Emeritus Professor, the University of Cumbria

Why the Dartmoor Review and DEFRA’s Response can be seen to point to a new direction for understanding, valuing and supporting upland cultural landscapes in line with delivering sustainable outcomes.

Click here to book your in-person place. Tickets are free for ICOMOS members and £10 for non-members.

Click here to book your online ticket; free for ICOMOS members and £5 for non-members.

Image: Andrew Locking/LDNPA