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Surrey Hills Symposium

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Wednesday, 28 November, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

University of Surrey Guidlford Surrey GU2 7XH

A Surrey Hills Symposium hosted by the University of Surrey will take place on Wednesday 28 November.


This FREE event is an opportunity to celebrate the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty during its 60th anniversary and look towards the future. A ‘Question Time’ style debate will be chaired by BBC Broadcaster Tom Heap, of Countryfile, Costing the Earth and Panorama and a panel of experts will debate topics from climate change, future land management, tourism and business development to development pressure and London expansion!

Event Speakers

  • Merrick Denton-Thompson OBE, National Landscape Advocate and Immediate Past President of the Landscape Institute – A new vision for National Parks and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
  • Daniel Raven-Ellison, Campaigner and Founder, The London National Park City –  Making London greener, healthier and wilder.
  • Hugh Broom, Farmer and Surrey NFU – A living and working countryside

They will be joined on the panel by:

  • Professor Tim Jackson, Director of the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity
  • Professor Caroline Scarles, Head of Tourism and Hospitality School, University of Surrey.
  • Sarah Jane Chimbwandira,  Director of Biodiversity, Evidence and Policy, Surrey Wildlife Trust and Surrey Nature Partnership.

Event Programme

5.30pm Event Opens

There will be the opportunity to support local Surrey Hills producers at a small Expo
before the Symposium begins.

6.15pm Symposium Debate

Welcome by Greg Melly, Senior Vice President of the University of Surrey

Closing remarks by David Wright OBE, Chairman of the Surrey Hills AONB Board.

8.30pm Symposium closes

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