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Dame Fiona Reynolds, former Director General of the National Trust, joins the debate.
Do our decision makers understand the countryside? When people talk about preserving the countryside – what are they preserving? How do you balance concerns about heritage and maintaining a landscape to attract tourism with the practicalities and pressures of farming and the need to promote a proper rural economy? What is the impact of environmental concerns and a need for new power sources?
Simon Thurley is the Chief Executive of English Heritage whose books include Men From the Ministry and The Building of England. Former advertising man Jon Alexander set up the My Farm project for the National Trust, which handed over decision making at Wimpole Home Farm in Cambridgeshire to website visitors.
Dame Fiona Reynolds, former Director General of the National Trust, joins the panel to discuss who controls the countryside and have we lost touch with nature?
Joining the panel is Rural sociologist, Mark Shucksmith, the author of numerous books on rural housing, rural disadvantage and rural development. He is Director of Newcastle University’s Newcastle Institute of Social Renewal and was a member of the Commission for Rural Communities. Canon Dagmar Winter who works as a priest in Kirkwhelpington, Northumberland and is rural affairs officer for the Diocese of Newcastle, also joins the debate.
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