National Park Societies Conference: The Future Role of National Parks 

National Park Societies conference: 12-14 October 2021, Cober Hill Hotel, Cloughton, Scarborough, followed by the NYMA AGM.  
 
NYMA is especially proud to host this annual conference as the Coronavirus pandemic eases and life returns to normal.  
 
Book your place here.  
 
Information on the charming and historic Cober Hill Hotel is here. 
Conference outline 
 
Day 1 - Tuesday 12 October 
Afternoon arrival of delegates 
National Park Societies AGM and meeting of Chairs and CEOs 
Welcome Reception 
Dinner 
After-dinner speaker 
 
Day 2 - Wednesday 13 October 
Morning presentations 
Lunch 
Afternoon presentations 
Dinner and socialising 
 
Day 3 - Thursday 14 October 
Morning - Field trips (options TBA). 
Afternoon - NYMA AGM (members only)  
 
Relaxing gardens at Cober Hill 
Delegate Options 
What's included 
Fee  
(Early Bird)* 
Fee  
(Standard) 
Full delegates (residential - single room) 
Single room, all meals, speakers, field trip  
£245 
£295 
Full delegates (residential - sharing double / twin room) 
Twin / double room, all meals, speakers, field trip  
£205 
£245 
Non-delegate spouse/partner (sharing room) 
Twin / double room, all meals, field trip  
£160 
£190 
Full delegate (non-residential) 
All meals, speakers, field trip 
£120 
£145 
Day delegate (non-residential) - Weds 13 October 
Lunch, speakers  
£65 
£80 
*Early Bird rate applies till 15 September 
 
Accommodation & meals 
Residential rates include 2 nights accommodation, 2 x dinner / breakfast / lunch + tea/coffee.  
Rooms at Cober Hill will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Single-occupancy rooms are limited, so if you have a friend also attending who you could share with, please do so!  
 
Discounted rates for NYMA members.  
 
A wide range of topics and speakers, including: 
 
Tom Hind, Chief Executive of the Norh York Moors National Park Authority 
Debbie Trebilco, North Yorkshire Rural Commissioner, Trustee of the North York Moors National Park Trust, and green energy farmer and champion  
David Rooke, Chair of the Yorkshire Derwent Water Catchment Partnership 
Kate Ashbrook, General Secretary of the Open Spaces Society 
David Steel, Chief Executive of The Dawnay Estates 
Steve Race, award-winning wildlife photographer 
Roger Osborne, local author and geologist 
 
 
 
Field trips 
The tentative list of field trips is below (details TBC). 
Heritage Coast: Explore the significance of the north-east Yorkshire coast for tourism and industry - past, present and future. The trip will cover management of the Cleveland Way long-distance trail, the Ravenscar Visitor Centre (run by the National Trust), and possibly a visit to the Woodsmith Mine to understand about how this major development is impacting on the National Park and how its environmental impacts are being mitigated.  
Moorland Management: Visit a 'slow the flow' scheme designed to retain water in the moors and release it slowly into the rivers; tour heather moorland and discuss integrated moorland management in the company of George Thompson, Manager of the Spaunton Estate.  
Forge Valley Woods and Dalby Forest: Visit two places within the National Park managed for different purposes: the Forge Valley Woods National Nature Reserve, where a gentle trail follows a stretch of the River Derwent through a beautiful wooded valley; and Dalby Forest, managed for activity tourism by Forestry England. The area includes a high-ropes / zip-wire 'Go Ape' course and trails for mountain-biking, walking and horse-riding, while events throughout the year range from concerts to star-gazing to learning craft-working skills. We will hear about the challenges of managing this area as a honeypot for large numbers of visitors.  
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