Annual Forum

View from Barbary Castle
Taking in the view from Barbury Castle. Image credit: Great West Way

The North Wessex Downs AONB Annual Forum
Friday 29 January 2021

Online - Free
10am to 12 midday.

Join us at our first online Annual Forum as we review our achievements of the past year and discuss some of our current and future projects in more detail, including activities relating to nature recovery and our key species as well as landscape enhancement. This will include presentations on Mend the Gap, the Sparkling Streams project and the Visual Improvement Programme. There will be the opportunity to submit questions to the panel via the online platform.  Programme details are below.

This event will be held on Zoom.  For the best experience download the application on your device.  You can access Zoom through your web browser but this will result in reduced functionality.  You do not need to set up a Zoom account of any type to access the event.  If you have not used Zoom before there is lots of good information on how to use it here.  You will need a reasonable internet connection.  This event is set up as a webinar and you will not be able to use your camera or audio but you will be able to ask questions using the Q&A function within Zoom.

Register for the Annual Forum on Zoom here

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09:50 Event open for logging on 
10.00 Event Start and Welcome
          Ted Hiscocks - Chairman of the Council of Partners, North Wessex Downs AONB
10:05 The Year in Review & the Year Ahead
          Henry Oliver - Director
10:15 Why Nature Recovery Matters
          Film: With a message from Marian Spain, Chief Executive Officer, Natural England
10:20 Sparkling Streams
          Film: A vision for nature recovery on a landscape scale across two chalk stream catchments
10:35 Open Forum Questions to the Panel
          Q&A on AONB activity, Sparkling Streams project & nature recovery in the AONB
          Panel to include Charlotte Hitchmough (ARK), a representative from Natural England & members of the AONB team 
11:00 Priority species for the North Wessex Downs
          Corinna Woodall, Senior Project Development & Funding Officer, North Wessex Downs AONB
11:05 Coffee Break
11:15 Roundway Hill: The National Grid Visual Impact Programme
          Presentation by a representative of the National Grid
11:25 Mend the Gap
          Film: Healing the landscape scars left by rail electrification
11:35 Open Forum Questions to the Panel
          Q&A on Visual Impact Programme & Mend the Gap
          Panel to include Jo Watson, Programme Manager, Mend the Gap; Ian Haslam, Railway Action Group; a representative from the National Grid &       members of the AONB team
11:55 Closing Remarks
          Ted Hiscocks - Chairman of the Council of Partners
12:00 End

* Programme details may be subject to change.