24th June 2022 - 9:30 am to 11:00 am
Exploring challenges and opportunities of econmics in Protected Landscapes
We will explore the economic challenges and opportunities faced by protected landscapes around climate change, tourism and land-use, and exploring innovative solutions to these topics including the bioeconomy, nature tourism and green finance.
Key topics/themes include:
• Land use change: farm productivity / tree planting Vs food production Vs regenerative agriculture / nature tourism
• Rising costs in a changing world: how the bioeconomy is leading innovation in rural communities (net-zero food production / breaking the dependency on petro-chemicals)
• The risks and opportunities of public and private investment in green finance / carbon credits to support sustainable land use practices
Vattenfall Windfarm and Peatland Restoration
River Esk Catchment, North Yorkshire
Farmer and Chair
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority
Neil Heseltine is a fourth generation farmer and was educated at Ermysteds Grammar School, Skipton and Seale Hayne Agricultural College. He spent time travelling and working on farms in New
Zealand and Scotland before returning to Hill Top Farm, Malham, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park where he was born and brought up. He now farms Hill Top with his partner Leigh and they have a young daughter, Violet. The farm comprises 1100 acres; the majority of which is in Countryside
Stewardship and this includes land rented from the National Trust. In 2003, as part of a conservation
grazing scheme he introduced 20 Belted Galloway cattle to the farm. This proved to be a defining time for Neil in terms of ethos and mind-set, as he sought more sustainable and environmentally friendly production methods. He has recently been closely involved with the National Trust in a trial payments by results scheme and was awarded the National Trust’s “Farming with Nature” award in 2019.
Neil was a member of the National Park England [NPE] Future of farming post Brexit task & finish group in 2016/17 who helped prepare the document ‘Farming in the English National Parks’ which enables NPE to make proposals to DEFRA on the future of farming in the English National Parks and he recently gave evidence to the North Yorkshire Rural Commission.
A keen rugby player and cricketer, he is a member of Malham Parish Council and is a former chairman of the Malham Show. Neil was appointed Chair of the Authority in June
2020 having served as Deputy Chair since June 2019
Prof Ian Graham
Director of Bio York
University of York
an Graham’s interests include how plants make and breakdown various metabolites, how these processes are controlled and how they impact on plant growth. He has used biochemical genetics to dissect the main metabolic pathways controlling oil mobilisation in Arabidopsis seed (Graham, 2008) provided new insight into how a lipid based signals (Dave et al., 2011) and light quality (Vaistij et al., 2018) control seed germination. He has used similar approaches to investigate the synthesis of bioactive compounds in two of the world’s major medicinal crops. This has led to new understanding of how genome rearrangement has shaped the evolution of plant metabolism. The discovery of a 10 gene cluster responsible for the production of the anti-cancer compound noscapine in opium poppy provided the tools for molecular breeding of new commercial varieties (Winzer et al., 2012). BioYork is a University of York-led initiative focused on using our world class research and knowledge base to drive the development of UK bio-based industries to deliver growth, jobs and environmental benefits. Global consumption has driven demand for food, energy and materials to an all-time high. At the same time, the need and legal obligations to mitigate climate change requires a shift from petrochemical based products and energy sources to low carbon sustainable alternatives. Seizing this opportunity will require a step change in our current thinking, and our approach. BioYork logo BioYork is a world leader in the bioeconomy and collaborates with companies across a number of sectors, bringing together regional and national research and innovation capability across Technology Readiness Levels.
New Zealand Farmer
Mike is a husband to Rachel and father of four children aged 18 to 25. He has farmed all of his working life, after growing up on an irrigated farm in the South Island. Rachel and Mike currently run an irrigated finishing farm in conjunction with an extensive hill country property in the Wairarapa, North Island. Mike is currently the Chair of the Wairarapa Federated Farmers Meat and Wool Sector. He is also very involved with the lobby group ‘Fifty Shades of Green’ which has been outspoken about the planting of productive farmland in trees, by carbon emitters and speculators. He is on the ‘Wings Over Wairarapa’ board that attracts 20,000—30,000 attendees to the Wairarapa bi-annually. He was also the National Party candidate that contested the 2020 New Zealand General Election, although unsuccessful,he is still very involved with the Party and sits on the Agriculture Policy Group
Dr Zoe Balmforth
oe, a PhD ecologist, has spent 25 years working on solutions to biodiversity loss. She has carried out large-scale biodiversity monitoring in a wide range of ecosystems, including Africa, S America and Europe and routinely engages with the largest companies in the world – helping them to assess, reduce and disclose their impacts on nature. She is also a former British diplomat and has experienced the public policy angle to environmental issues.
Regional Manager – West
Pryor & Rickett Siviculture
Andrew has 15 years’ experience managing extensive public sector forests in Wales. Having become a chartered forester in 2006, he is an active member of the ICF, and held positions of secretary, vice chair and lead for the 2014 winter conference in Machynlleth. In 2017, Andrew was elected to ICF Council, representing the Wales Region. He also holds the position of Finance Officer on the Executive Committee and became a Fellow of the Institute in 2018. Prior to joining Pryor & Rickett Silviculture in 2016, he developed Forestry Commission GB’s guidance for producing forest design plans and led national forest planning on the Welsh Government Woodland Estate. Most recently, he led a successful harvesting programme in South Wales to mitigate the effects of Phytophthora ramorum in larch. He delivered over 400,000 m3 of timber per year to market, leading a team of 15 staff in collaboration with customers holding 5-year long term standing and roadside contracts. Andrew leads a group of volunteers in Wales that supports tree planting in rural Uganda. He values the global impact that local forests have on the economy and environment when they are sustainably managed. Andrew is a Welsh speaker.
Public Affairs Manager
Jerry has worked for Coed Cadw – the Woodland Trust in Wales – for many years, initially acquiring and managing woods across Wales for the Trust, then moving into team management. He is now the Trust’s Public Affairs Manager in Wales, focusing on policy advocacy and campaigning and engaging with other organisations, the Welsh Government and NRW. Current priority topics include agroforestry and farm trees and woodland; tree protection and urban tree cover. He is a Chartered Environmentalist (MIEEM, CEnv) and lives in Ceredigion, working from home or from the Trust’s office in Cardiff. On Twitter @JerryLangford1
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