Registration is now open for this year’s Cannock Chase AONB Conference taking place on 3rd March 2022, which has as its theme ‘Changing perceptions and behaviours’.

Our Chair, Frances Beatty, will be the host for the Conference.  After her welcome attendees will hear about the work of the AONB Partnership and Team over the past year and the coming 12 months and have the opportunity to ask questions.

We are delighted to announce that Mike Dilger, broadcaster, naturalist, writer and tour leader will then give the opening address to the conference which will look at what is being done to change people’s perceptions of Cannock Chase and influence positive behaviours to ensure that one of England’s finest landscapes stays special for this and future generations to come.

Presentations will focus on a range of initiatives underway or planned including: using sense of place, messaging and communication strategies, behavioural change campaigns, education and the use of the arts and culture to connect people to nature.  We will also hear how England’s most popular protected landscape – the Lake District National Park – is responding to challenging visitor pressures and behaviours.

Our speakers include:

  • Tony Watson, Head of Visitor Services and Communications, Lake District National Park Authority
  • Ian Marshall, Cannock Chase AONB Development Officer
  • Peter Farmer, FDA Design
  • Laura Freer, Marketing and Communications Manager, Central England Forest District, Forestry England
  • Ali Clarke, Programme Manager, Surrey Hills Arts
  • Kinga Niedzinska, Cannock Chase SAC Engagement Officer

There will be opportunities to question the speakers and AONB staff team throughout the event.

The free conference will be held on Zoom this year and will run from 10am-12pm with a break for lunch before the afternoon session from 2-4pm.  You will receive one Zoom link for the whole day.  To reserve your place, you need to register here as soon as possible.

Photo credit: Sam Carpenter