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What are Britain's Uplands For? Join the debate - Perthshire

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Lurgan Farm

Edradynate

Aberfeldy

PH15 2JX

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A series of conversations across Great Britain looking at the future use and management of Britain’s uplands and moorlands

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The Heather Trust is running a series of conversations across Great Britain looking at the future use and management of Britain’s uplands and moorlands. Views on what these areas should be used to deliver are plentiful, wide-ranging and are often portrayed in the media as hugely polarised.

In living memory our uplands and heather moorlands have been important to hill farming, game management, forestry and for conservation.

While the uplands seem vast they are finite. There are increasing calls to deliver renewable energy, more trees, a wilder environment, better water management, improved biodiversity, to lock up more carbon and manage wildfire risk more effectively. There have never been more demands put on the uplands, but can they deliver everything? If not, how do we make choices and what are the trade-offs?

Join us and join the debate

This event kicks off our series of 7 debates across Scotland, England and Wales. The format of each event will include a site visit in the morning and a debate in the afternoon.

Our first event takes place in Highland Perthshire on 21st March at Lurgan Farm, Aberfeldy. We will then move on to an event in the Lammermuirs on 24th April, where our focus will move, from upland farming, to consider the range of outputs that moorland in East Lothian generates. Our Scottish events will culminate with an event as part of Cairngorms Nature: Big Weekend on 10th May. Events will then take place in England and Wales throughout the summer (dates to follow), with a final debate and round-up in Northumberland in October.

Perthshire Event (Funded by SRUC)

Our first visit looks at an example of extensive upland farming in Scotland. We will explore what it currently delivers for economy, environment and society, debate what future policy and society might ask of it and explore with those who manage it how this fits with their aspirations.

Who

These events are for you if you are managing moorland or upland areas or represent those who do, or if you have a regulatory, environmental, research or community interest in moorland and upland land use and management.

What

The events aim to bring together the many and varied moorland and upland interests, for frank, honest and respectful debate. Each event will consist of an optional morning site visit to explore aspects of existing management particular to the venue. This will be followed by lunch and an afternoon discussion, which will take the form of a debate. A panel of invited speakers will make their case and then the floor will be open to audience questions and input.

Why

At The Heather Trust we believe that bringing people together to share ideas, knowledge and beliefs builds trust and enables those with differing opinions to find common ground where it exists and to better understand others’ perspectives where it does not. These events offer a building block towards more consensus and less polarisation.

Practicalities

Attendees wishing to join the site visit prior to the debate should meet at 10:30am at: Lurgan Farm

Lunch will be provided for all debate attendees from 13:00 at: Lurgan Farm.

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Lurgan Farm

Edradynate

Aberfeldy

PH15 2JX

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