A conference for all scientists, engineers and managers involved in using the land across the UK.
to achieve more secure food supplies and to obtain more of the nation’s energy
and raw material requirements from the land whilst maintaining biodiversity
along with providing access for amenity presents a mounting challenge for both
policy makers and land managers. Conflicts are inevitable. What factors should come into play when determining whether land should
be used for food or fuel; production or wild life and amenity; how can surface
water management be incorporated; where does forestry fit in? Can the conflicts be mitigated; where
is the balance; where are the gaps in our knowledge; how can engineers and
scientists contribute by working with land managers?
the issues that will be addressed by the 2009 Landwards Conference.
morning session will be chaired by Roger Lane‑Nott,
CEO of the AEA, and will be pulled together in a discussion session.
paper will be given by Professor Allan Buckwell who will set the scene and consider the policy
options relating to land use. Currently Policy Director with the (England and Wales) Country and
Land Business Association, Professor Buckwell is chair of the policy committee run by the
European Landowners Association.
speakers and topic areas will include:
- Professor Chris Pollock - with an extensive background in
research - will highlight some of the key areas requiring further research.
- David Riddle - Director of Land Use for the National Trust - will set out how the Trust balances the
conflicting demands of upholding heritage amenity and wild life interests
whilst operating against economic criteria.
Poul Christensen will combine his experience as a
farmer, Vice Chair of Natural England and non-Executive Director of
Defra to chair a session concerned with individual production sectors. This will include papers dealing with
main stream agriculture and large scale horticulture both in the field and
under glass. Speakers include:
- Paul Temple - currently NFU Vice President - will talk on the arable perspective from the producers point
of view. As well as Chairing the COPA COGECA Cereals Group for European farming
organisations, he is Vice Chairman of the Oilseeds & Protein Group and
currently holds the position of Non-executive Director of Farmway - the largest Northern Co-operative.
- Dr Malcolm Crabtree, manager of the Leckford Estates (Waitrose Farms) with many diverse
enterprises and forms of land use that are closely connected to the
requirements of a high profile food retailer, will give these issues a real
- Dr Barry Gardiner - Deputy Head of the Forest Management Division of Forest
Research at the Forestry Commission - will also outline how the needs for economic management can
be matched to environmental and amenity considerations.
- Peter Redman, a past President of IAgrE and
Technical Secretary to the Douglas Bomford Trust, will present the final
paper at the conference. Using his considerable experience from working with
ADAS and a wide range of organisations, he will consider the implications of
the issues raised during the day and will identify
opportunities for inputs from engineers, technologists and managers.
LANDWARDS 2009 will be held at the Royal Agricultural College - Cirencester on the 7th May 2009.
To keep up to date as the Conference develops, for on-line booking, or for further information, please visit the IAgrE website.
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