NPS Conference 2018 – What value our National Parks?

Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th October – Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor.

Tickets for this conference are now on sale via the Eventbrite online booking service.

3-day residential tickets are available, which include an internal NPS meeting on Thursday, the day conference on Friday and a programme of walks on Saturday morning.

Day tickets for the Friday 5th October day conference are also available for more local attendees.

For full details and to book click here.

The following line-up of speakers are now confirmed for Friday 5th October:

Kate Ashbrook, General Secretary of the Open Spaces Society; Vice-President 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.


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


Brett Day, Professor of Environmental Economics and Director of LEEP, Exeter University,  leading pilot studies on the application of natural capital accounting on Dartmoor and Exmoor


Merrick Denton-Thompson OBE, President, The Landscape Institute and 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