On 6 September The Heritage Alliance’s Rural Advocacy Group (RAG) hosted a lively policy day focussing on how the rural heritage can deliver a wide range of public goods.
In the magnificent surroundings of Blenheim Palace delegates from the Alliance membership, Government departments, NDPBs and Local Authorities discussed the social, economic, regulatory and financial context within which the rural historic environment exists; debated the challenges facing the rural heritage; and explored solutions.
Keynote speaker Steve Trow, Head of National Rural and Environmental Advice at English Heritage, set the scene with his excellent presentation ‘Setting sun or new dawn? Challenges in the conservation of the rural heritage’ which is available to read online here. Resident Land Agent at the Madresfield Estate Peter Hughes used his workplace as a case study to outline the economics of maintaining rural heritage, and Programme Manager of the North Wessex Downs LEADER, Corrina Woodall, explained how the LEADER programme can bring about positive solutions for the rural historic environment.
The day was co-chaired by John Sell (Co-Chair of the RAG and Executive VP of Europa Nostra) and Jonathan Thompson (Co-Chair of the RAG and Heritage Adviser at the CLA). Find out more about the work of the RAG here.