Towards a Common Countryside Policy

29 November 2017

This policy conference at Westminster sees the official launch of Confor's latest contribution to the debate on Brexit, A Common Countryside Policy.

This discussion paper calls for a fresh approach to rural policy and funding, with the strictures of the Common Agricultural Policy replaced by a system which treats different land uses equally - and delivers support based on positive outcomes for our rural areas.

Dr Thérèse Coffey, the UK Government's forestry minister, will open the event, before contributors from a range of different organisations give their perspective on what a future common countryside policy might look like. Already confirmed are Minette Batters, Deputy President of the National Farmers' Union, as well as representatives from WWF UK, Woodland Trust, CLA and Confor's Chief Executive, Stuart Goodall.

The speakers will then join a panel to discuss the opportunities to find common ground - and to identify the major challenges to a common approach and how they might be overcome. 

After lunch, individuals who have grappled with the challenges of mixed land use under CAP will describe how they overcame those challenges and how they are looking to the future. There will be a panel discussion in this session too, followed by a cross-party political panel to reflect on the issues raised throughout the day and where we go next.

This conference is kindly sponsered by Tilhill Forestry.