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The South Pennines in the 21st Century-its landscape and cultural heritage

08/Nov/2017 @ 09:00 - 16:00


‘The landscape is a key element of individual and social wellbeing, and … its protection, management and planning entail rights and responsibilities for everyone’ European Landscape Convention
With the increasing pressures that most of us are facing in our day-to-day lives, we are beginning to look at what’s around us and towards our landscapes to sweep away these pressures for our health and wellbeing and sustain the socio economic viability of these natural assets and communities.
In 2001 two partners, the Standing Conference of South Pennine Authorities and the West Pennines Moors Area Management Committee came together to produce the innovative Heritage Strategy for the Southern Pennines. The primary outcome was concerned with the care, protection, conservation and enhancement of the physical and cultural inheritance of the Southern Pennines. This Strategy was the vehicle by which local people could become engaged, increase their awareness and interaction with their environment and heritage and support its sustainable management.
The Heritage Strategy recognised, even then, that there was a clear need for contemporary solutions to landscape sustainable management of the South Pennines.
In 2005 the partners formed the South Pennines Rural Regeneration Company, a not for profit organisation, known as Pennines Prospects (PP), to support the continuance of the Strategy’s delivery, whilst developing new funding and management structures and opportunities.

So what’s new?
With shifting financial pressures and the specific vulnerability of a non-designated landscape it is now time to review how we deliver the Heritage Strategy, which remains current and needed.

  • A regional park framework : An innovative approach to landscape and social purpose

A new approach to governance
Putting people at the heart of landscapes
Making a difference by using landscapes and heritage
Totally Locally – an adventure into local distinctiveness
Getting people to the people’s park
The South Pennines Regional Park – our vision for a non-statutory social designation

Your ideas workshops:

Workshop 1 – The South Pennines – a resilient and thriving local economy
A chance to explore socio-economic opportunities and potential for a regional park through:

  • Celebrating local distinctiveness
  • Local economies – rural and urban regeneration through tourism
  • Creating new but authentic tourism experiences
  • Explore opportunities and potential for:
    • Recreation and outdoor activities
    • Health and wellbeing

Workshop 2 – Celebrating landscapes through arts
How do we identify local distinctiveness and raise the profile of landscapes with distinctive character and cultural heritage?

  • Engaging people with their landscapes – reconnecting
  • Celebrating our landscapes and heritage through art – what is your inspiration
  • A discussion on why our landscapes are important to us and what makes them so special

Workshop 3 – A space for everyone – Let’s talk about the South Pennies Regional Park

What do you want to see from a Regional Park?

  • What is important to you and why?

Workshop 4 – The South Pennines in the 21st Century – A Friend’s view of what good would look like in the South Pennines Regional Park
With a social designation – what would good look like for the South Pennines Regional Park? What would you like to see?

  • What makes us different and why?

Ticket price includes a delicious, locally sourced lunch supplied by Craggies and a copy of the South Pennines ‘Through the Lens’ 2018 calendar.


09:00 - 16:00
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Pennine Prospects
01422 264684


Mytholmroyd Leisure and Community Centre
Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd,
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire HX7 5AF United Kingdom
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01422 883023