Climate change and the Cotswolds to be the focus of this year's Annual Forum on 26 February

Climate change and the future of farming and forestry in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is to be the focus of the 2010 Cotswolds Conservation Board Annual Forum, which is taking place at the award-winning and eco-friendly Toddington Village Hall on Friday 26 February.

This year’s forum will highlight the findings of a report published by the Board last year which focused on globalisation and the potential climate change implications for farming and forestry in the AONB over the next 20 years. The event is expected to attract a wide variety of interests and representatives from the farming and forestry sectors, along with local authorities, conservation and environmental organisations.

Keynote speakers lined up for the forum are: Defra’s Robin Mortimer, Director of Climate Change Adaptation, Air Quality, Landscape & Rural Affairs; Jim Smyllie, Executive Director, Regional Delivery at Natural England, Dr Mark Broadmeadow, Climate Change Programme Manager at the Forestry Commission; and Paul Cottington, Environment Advisor for the National Farmers’ Union.

In addition to the keynote speakers there will be three separate case studies showing how farmers and landowners have been using renewable energy to adapt to climate change. These include National Star College and Elkstone Manor near Cheltenham, and Lowbrook Farm in Dorset.


Notes to editors:

  • The full report, Climate Change – the future of farming and forestry in the Cotswolds – is available to view online CLICK HERE.

  • The forum will start at 9.30 am and finish at 1pm.

  • Members of the media are welcome to attend the forum, please inform Nicola Greaves of attendance (contact details below).

 Cotswolds AONB fact file

  • The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation with 37 members, 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by Government.
  • The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.
  • With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the third largest protected landscape in England and Wales after the Lake District and Snowdonia. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
  • The Cotswolds AONB is the largest of the family of 49 AONBs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Press contact: Nicola Greaves
Tel: 01451 862003 Email:

Cotswolds Conservation Board, Fosse Way, Northleach, Gloucestershire GL54 3JH
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