National Park Societies Conference 2018

 “What value our National Parks?”

Friday 5th October 2018 on Dartmoor


Each year, the National Park Societies hold a conference to explore a range of issues with both local and national implications for our National Parks. This year it will take place on Dartmoor and will be hosted by the Dartmoor Preservation Association at the Two Bridges hotel in the heart of the National Park.

The conference will be dedicated to issues which affect all of the national parks. We have assembled a tremendous group of speakers who will cover the following topics:

  • Valuing Natural and Cultural Capital in our National Parks
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Conservation and farming

These are matters which will interest anyone who cares about the future of our National Parks.  So, if you would like to join us for what promises to be a fascinating and thought-provoking day, tickets are available for the conference, including lunch and refreshments, at a price of £35. Or, if you would like to stay on for dinner and entertainment afterwards, tickets are £85.

Tickets are on sale now and can be obtained by phoning the DPA office on 01822 890646, or online  through the following website:

Speakers now confirmed: 

Kate Ashbrook, General Secretary of the Open Spaces Society; Chair of the Ramblers, a trustee of the Campaign for National Parks and of the Dartmoor Preservation  Association.

Ian J Bateman OBE, FRSA, FSB Professor of Environmental Economics and Director of the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP), Exeter University; Member of the Government’s Natural Capital Committee and of the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee

Douglas Chalmers, CEO of the Friends of the Lake District since 2015.  Formerly NW         Director of the CLA and part-time farmer.

Chris Gregory, MVO, BSc, FRICS, Land Steward for Western District and the Isles of Scilly, Duchy of Cornwall

Kevin Cox, Chairman of the RSPB, Dartmoor resident and owner of a Dartmoor common

Merrick Denton-Thompson OBE, Board Member and Past-President of the Landscape     Institute and Chair of its Rural Policy Panel. Member of the South Downs National Park   Design Panel.

Janet Dwyer, Professor of Rural Policy and Director of the Countryside and Community   Research Institute, Gloucester University.  Member of the Uplands Alliance Steering Board and author of State of Farming on Exmoor 2015

Joss Hibbs, Resident Potter and owner of a tourism business at Powdermills, Postbridge in the centre of Dartmoor. Joss also runs a café and shop which amongst other things markets ponymeat as a delicacy.

Vince Holyoak, Head of National Rural and Environmental Advice, Historic England

Naomi Oakley, Dartmoor farmer, Natural England adviser and member of the Dartmoor National Park Authority

Join us at the Two Bridges in October and help to make this a memorable day!

We would like to thank the sponsors who have helped to make this conference possible.