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

Our first online Annual Forum took place on 29th January 2021. A recording of the event can be seen here.

More information on Mend the Gap can be found here

More information on Sparkling Streams can be found here

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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: Andrew Smith, Natural England; Corinna Woodall, AONB 
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 Provision
          Ben Smith, Project Manager and Stuart Fox, Communications, National Grid VIP Project Team
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; Henry Oliver, AONB; Ben Smith, National Grid VIP Project Team
11:55 Closing Remarks
          Marian Spain, Chief Executive, Natural England
          Ted Hiscocks - Chairman of the Council of Partners
12:00 End