Towards a Common Countryside Policy

29 November 2017

This policy conference at Westminster is an opportunity to debate what a common countryside policy might look like after Brexit. 

Dr Thérèse Coffey, the UK Government's forestry minister, will open the event, before contributors from a range of different organisations give their perspective - farmers, foresters, environmentalists, landowners and businesses - on what a future common countryside policy might look like. Participants are from the National Farmers' Union, WWF-UK, The Woodland Trust, CLA and Confor.

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. 

Confor's latest contribution to the ongoing Brexit discussion, A Common Countryside Policy, will be up for discussion. It calls for a fresh approach to rural policy and funding, based on a new system which treats different land uses equally - and delivers support based on positive outcomes for our rural areas.

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 sponsored by Tilhill Forestry.