Event News: Saturday 14 April 2018

FOLAR Annual Symposium at MERL, University of Reading

British Agricultural Landscapes: past, present & post-BREXIT

Saturday 14 April 2018 10am to 5pm

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Existing and new members welcome
the Symposium is also open to non members

This year’s symposium deals with British agricultural landscapes since 1945 and considers its future. Speakers include:

• Professor Adrian Phillips former CEO of the Countryside Commission from 1981-1992 on the post-War story,
• Dr Simon Mortimer of the University of Reading and Director of the Biodiversity, Crops and Agro-ecosystems Division on options for future agri-environment policy,
• Paul Tiplady CMLI former Lakes District National Park CEO on the role of agriculture in our National Parks,
• Kate Ahern CMLI of LUC on the role of Landscape Character Assessment in valuing agricultural landscapes,
• Duncan Mackay of Natural England on farming out the Green Belt and
• Andrew Clerk CMLI, NFU Director of Policy on post-BREXIT agriculture.
There will be both question time after each talk and a general discussion with the speakers at the end of the day. The chair will be Merrick Denton-Thompson, President of the Landscape Institute.
The symposium will begin at 10am and last until 5pm, and all (members and non members) are welcome from 10am onwards, lunch will 12.50-2.00pm and the afternoon seminar will run from 2-5pm. Duplicate books from the LI collection will be on sale.
Cost: for FOLAR members £25 incl. lunch (a £45 payment on the day would include FOLAR membership renewal).
For non members the cost of the symposium incl. lunch is £35.
PLEASE BOOK EARLY FOR THIS EVENT as we have a limit on numbers – 50 maximum

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Location of symposium, MERL (Museum of English Rural Life) Redlands Road, Reading, RG1 5EX, map: https://www.reading.ac.uk/themerl/visit-us/themerl... it is a short bus ride from Reading Railway Station, bus no.21, to Crown Place Passage stop on Kendrick Road. It is c.20 minutes brisk walk from the station.

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support MERL maintain and grow the landscape collections in their care


promote the landscape collections deposited at MERL to a wider audience


encourage the landscape profession to value its own archival record


advise about landscape architecture and its associated professions.