2.00 Coffee / tea / registration (in castle restaurant)
2.40 Take seats in the Barons Hall
2.50 Welcome - Chris Corrigan, Southeast regional director, RSPB
2.55 ARC Film (5 mins)
3.00 Keynote address - Helen Meech, Rewilding Britain
3.20 ARC headline achievements - Rachel Carless (RSPB) & Fran Southgate (SWT)
3.40 ARC perspectives (5 minutes each)
- Rain gardens – Dusty Gedge, Green Infrastructure Consultancy
- Working with local communities to deliver habitat enhancements – Angela Ward, SDNPA
- Chalk stream restoration and outdoor education at Botany Bay – Anne Dennig and Clive Lightfoot
- The volunteer perspective – engaging young people with wildlife photography – John Dominick
- A community grant funded project - Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice - Georgie Goddard
- Tackling invasive non native invasive species – Jen Pollitt (RSPB)
4.15 What impact has ARC had? Key findings from our evaluators - Mike King, Resources for Change
4.35 What's next?
- Securing a strong legacy for the ARC project - Steve Gilbert, RSPB
- Arun & Western Streams Catchment Partnership – promoting a community led approach to improving the water environment in West Sussex – Sara Denton, Environment Agency
- The South Downs Invasives Taskforce (SIT) - Jeremy Burgess, SDNPA
- Ecosystem services and habitat potential modelling – future applications in the region – Henri Brocklebank, Sussex Biodiversity Records Centre (SxBRC)
- Cluster farming and positive landscape management in the Arun Valley - Colin Hedley, independent advisor.
5.15 Close of conference - Chris Corrigan, RSPB
5.30 Drinks reception (in castle restaurant)
There is a pay & display car and coach park directly opposite the Castle entrance (Mill Road Car Park). Discounted parking charges have been arranged for delegates - a total fee of £2.50 for your visit. You will need to display your conference / drinks ticket along with your parking ticket visibly in your car. (You do not need to bring your event ticket with you to access the event). Additionally there may be limited free spaces available along Mill Road itself.
The parking area is open 24/7 (with height barriers between 1800 and 0600). An overflow car park will also be operational (weather permitting) and accessible until 8.30pm.
Access to castle:
All delegates to enter the Castle grounds on foot via the main visitor entrance in Mill Road, Arundel, opposite the new Arundel Museum and the Mill Road car park – and to enter the main Castle building via the Duke Henry entrance. We will place directional signs. Please allow at least 5 minutes to walk from the entrance on Mill Road up to the castle entrance.
For those delegates with mobility concerns – there will be two passenger buggies available for your use. Please see: www.arundelcastle.org/plan-a-visit/disabled-access.html