Wednesday, 28 November, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
University of Surrey Guidlford Surrey GU2 7XH
The Surrey Hills Symposium hosted by the University of Surrey took place on Wednesday 28 November.
Over 300 guests descended on the University of Surrey to hear a panel of experts debate the future of the Surrey Hills.
Greg Melly, Senior Vice-President, Advancement and Community at the University of Surrey, opened the debate and commented: “The University plays an integral role in this community, and our leading research into areas of the environment and sustainability puts us in a unique position of responsibility to Surrey and its citizens. We look forward to deepening the University’s partnership with Surrey Hills to benefit everyone who is fortunate to live in or visit this beautiful landscape.”
The evening chaired by BBC Broadcaster Tom Heap saw three key speakers, Merrick Denton-Thompson, Dan Raven-Ellison and Hugh Broom give their views on the future of the Surrey Hills.
The speakers were then joined a panel comprising Professor Tim Jackson, Professor Caroline Scarles and Sarah Jane Chimbwandira who rose to the challenge of questions from the audience.
The general themes of the debate were: Why people value the Surrey Hills, identifying the main threats and pressures nationally, regionally and locally, the issues around climate change, land use and recreation. The accessibility of the Surrey Hills for all user groups and a greater understanding of the needs of these groups etc. Artist Veronica Wood created a visual picture of the debate which summarised the main themes:
Have your Say
Moving forward from the debate we would encourage you to take part in our short survey to help inform the policies and priorities in the Surrey Hills AONB Management Plan for 2019 – 2024. Let us know why the Surrey Hills are important to you and help us to identify the main challenges and opportunities. Click here to take part in our short survey.
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