National Trust events at the Party Conferences

As part of the 2015 party conference season the National Trust, Campaign to Protect Rural England, and the John Muir Trust are working together to host a series of fringe events






Natural landscapes are cherished places that offer us perspective, escape, relaxation and a sense of identity – both as a nation and as individuals.  Few would argue that they’re not important. Healthy landscapes also enable nature to survive and thrive. However these places are under greater threat than ever before, with increasing challenges in the form of housing, infrastructure, farming practices, and other competing land uses. Wildlife has disappeared from our fields and hedgerows, over-worked soils wash out to sea and towns and villages flood. A changing climate will bring even greater challenges.  At the same time, decreasing funding allocations for protecting or enhancing our precious landscapes confront local government and land managers with difficult choices.

The National Trust, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, and the John Muir Trust are jointly holding a fringe event – titled How can we manage competing demands on our valued landscapes? – at three of the 2015 UK Party Conferences to explore these issues. The discussion will surround how national policy can play its part in balancing these competing needs.  


Looking west across the park at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire.

Looking west across the park at Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire.


Liberal Democrat                                                      Lib-Dems-party-logo

Date: Sunday 20th September Time: 18.15pm Venue: Avon room, BIC, Bournemouth


  • Mark Williams MP, Spokesperson for Rural Communities
  • Sheila Wren – Chair (Advocacy Officer, John Muir Trust)
  • Richard Hebditch (External Affairs Director, National Trust)
  • Sonia Dunlop (Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Solar Trade Association)
  • Stephen Joseph (Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport)

Labour (OUTSIDE SECURE ZONE)                                   Labour-party-logo

 Date: Sunday 27th September 2015 Time: 18.30pm Venue: Keats Room, The Waterfront Hotel, Brighton (formerly the Thistle Hotel)


  • Kerry McCarthy MP (Shadow Environment Secretary, invited)
  • Shaun Spiers – Chair (Chief Executive, CPRE)
  • Sheila Wren (Advocacy Officer, John Muir Trust)
  • Christopher Price (Director of Policy, CLA)
  • Angus Walker (Chair of NIPA)

 Conservative                                                             Conservatives-party-logo

 Date: Sunday 4th October 2015 Time: 18.30pm Venue: Conservative Home Marquee


  • Rory Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Paul Goodman (Editor, Conservative Home)
  • Shaun Spiers (Chief Executive, CPRE)
  • Simon Murray (Senior Director of Strategy, Curatorship and External Affairs, National Trust)
  • Andrew Clark (Director of Policy, NFU)

2 thoughts on “National Trust events at the Party Conferences

  1. Dear Sirs, Mr Shaun Spiers has consistently failed to live up to the name of his organisation where HS2 is concerned. The Chilterns AONB is under serious threat from HS2 and no one should be under any doubt that unless HS2 is tunnelled the under the AONB that this will not only destroy the AONBs quality but will set an extremely serious precedent for all AONBs, especially those lying to the north of Leeds and Manchester as future extensions will threaten those. IF HS2 has to go ahead then the CPRE and the NT should insist that National Parks and AONBs are fully protected and the key criteria are observed to the letter, not just ignored when politically expedient

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