Annual Forum

Frost near Hampstead Marshall - Peter Orr


The North Wessex Downs AONB Annual Forum 2019

Friday 15th November
9.00am - 2.30pm (approximately)

At Englefield House, near Theale, Berkshire

£15 per head (including lunch)

Hosted by Mr Richard Benyon in the grandeur of historic Englefield House (near Theale), this year's forum will focus on the future of the North Wessex Downs as we launch our new Management Plan 2019-2024.

We are delighted to announce that Lord Cameron of Dillington, a member of the national Designated Landscapes Review panel, will be speaking about the recently published Report and we will hear what implications this may have for the North Wessex Downs.

Furthermore, there will be a range of masterclasses on offer in which you can find out how you can help shape its future. These will include sessions on:

  • neighbourhood planning, led by Jeff Bishop of Place
  • supporting your local community through tourism facilitated by Susie Brew from Pewsey Vale Tourism Partnership
  • increasing wildlife through managing flower-rich grassland led by Charles Flower.


9.00    Arrive and coffee
9.30    Welcome and introduction followed by our programme of speakers

  • Lord Cameron: Landscapes Review - Report commissioned by Government
  • Richard Benyon: The Future of the North Wessex Downs
  • Henry Oliver, Director, North Wessex Downs: AONB Management Plan 2019 - 2024

11.40  Masterclass sessions begin
13.30  Lunch and networking
14.30  Close

Tickets: £15 per including lunch

The Forum is now fully booked.