"The Future Role of National Parks" 

National Park Societies conference: 12-14 October 2021, Cober Hill Hotel, Cloughton, Scarborough.  
 
NYMA was especially proud to host this conference as the pandemic eases and life returns to normal.  
What a success! Over 60 delegates and speakers came along to the conference - an excellent turn-out considering there's still Covid uncertainty. All the national parks in England and Wales were represented, and the Campaign for National Parks and other groups. Here are some reactions and photos. 
 
"I thought the conference excellent - full of ideas, passion and energy." 
"Thank you for organising such a super conference. I very much enjoyed all the constituent parts - notably the talks, space to chat and the field trip. Great venue too. I learned a lot and came away challenged by what I heard." 
"Congratulations for the very successful conference! I am still digesting all the interesting information gleaned during the talks and was impressed by the range of topics .... and styles of the speakers." 
"Thanks so much to all the NYMA team for putting on such a wonderful conference. All of the talks were super engaging and it was brilliant for me to meet everyone in person. I especially enjoyed our tour round the grouse moor yesterday as so good to see and hear first-hand about things I have been reading about." 
"What a brilliant conference, thank you so much!" 
"It was beautifully organised, the location was great and the speakers varied in a way that created a successful balance - and all interesting." 
"A great success, very enjoyable and very rewarding. So much to learn. Many thanks for making it all happen." 
"Many thanks for organising such a stimulating and enjoyable conference; it was much appreciated." 
Ian Carstairs, OBE, NYMA President
Campaigner Kate Ashbrook Panel discussion
Local geologist and author Roger Osborne Environmental policy campaigner Andy Wilson Exploring the Cinder Track along a former railway bed near the Cober Hill Hotel
A few of the excellent and impassioned speakers, and some views around the Cober Hill Hotel, Cloughton - a perfect venue.  
 
The speakers: 
 
Tom Hind, CEO of the North York Moors National Park Authority 
Debbie Trebilco, North Yorkshire Rural Commissioner, Trustee of the North York Moors National Park Trust, and green energy farmer  
David Rooke, Chair of the Yorkshire Derwent Catchment Partnership 
Kate Ashbrook, General Secretary of the Open Spaces Society 
Andy Wilson, Environmental policy campaigner and former CEO of the North York Moors National Park Authority  
David Steel, Chief Executive of The Dawnay Estates 
Susan Briggs, tourism marketing consultant specialising in small businesses  
Steve Race, award-winning wildlife photographer 
Roger Osborne, local author and geologist 
 
*Presentations coming soon!* 
 
Field trips 
Yorkshire's Heritage Coast (Robin Hood's Bay and Ravenscar) 
Management and Change in Moorland and Villages (Appleton-le-Moors and Spaunton Moor) 
From Heavy Industry to the Visitor Economy (Grosmont and the North York Moors Railway) 
Robin Hood's Bay
Delegates on the field trip at Grosmont NYMR's Kerry Fieldhouse explains lineside conservation
Irresistible - a heritage diesel train on the North York Moors Railway Tamsyn Naylor of Armstrong Oilers
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