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Local field trips will reinforce and be linked to the conference themes.  One day will be set aside specifically for field trips.

(Please indicate your first and second choice field trip on the Conference registration page).

 
The cost for all trips is $80 for a whole day, $50 per half day.   You are only able to reserve a place on one trip.  The payment covers travel from and returning to the University, all entry fees, lunch and other refreshments.  The conference team retain the right to redirect delegates if insufficient people are booked onto a particular field trip.  The maximum for any particular field trip will be set at 40 delegates and each trip will have their own guide and hosts.
 
Destinations, brief descriptions and websites providing more information are given below:

 

Forest of Dean FULLY BOOKED
Cotswold commons
Gower
Shropshire Hills
Hidcote Gardens and National Trust
Somerset Levels – Parret Catchment
Westonbirt Arboretum
Swindon, Great Western Community Forest
Cotswold Canal regeneration and heritage training
Severn Estuary and Barrage development
Organic Farming
Local community development
New Forest National Park
Inland Fishing Management – Wye and Usk
New and Knowledge Commons

 
 
Forest of Dean (1 hours travel to site) FULLY BOOKED
Full day field trip available
Integrated rural development and recent property rights issue
Indigenous rights and strong community identity
Complex management issues and Government agency ownership
For more info see: http://www.deanforestvoice.org/ http://www.forestofdeanpartnership.org.uk/bows/content.asp?parent_directory_id=28
http://www.visitforestofdean.co.uk/
 
 
Cotswold commons (Local travel only to number of sites)
Full and Half day field trips available
Community involvement and revitalising commoners
Grassland commons
Complexity and uncertainty
For more info see: http://www.cotswoldsaonb.com/files/uploads/CommsLime.pdf
 
 
Gower (2 hours travel to site in South Wales)
Full day field trip available
Coastal grassland commons in protected landscape
Complex multi-use (agriculture, heritage, recreation, tourism, community, conservation, landscape, nearby urban centre)
For more info see: http://www.gowercommons.org.uk/
http://www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/stories/306/gower-commons-initiative
 
 
Shropshire Hills (1.5 hours travel to site)
Full day field trip available
Upland commons and issues of regulating grazing
Farmer engagement and co-operation
Major restoration schemes
For more info see: http://www.shropshirehillsaonb.co.uk/aboutus/aboutus.htm
http://www.cardingmillvalley.org.uk/  
 
 
Hidcote Gardens and National Trust (1 hours travel)
Full day field trip available
Historic gardens and developing educational aspect concerning design
Managing land held ‘in perpetuity’, Practicing sustainability
Heritage and Conservation alongside social issues
For more info see: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-hidcotemanorgarden.htm
http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-trust/w-thecharity.htm
 
 
Somerset Levels – Parret Catchment (1.5 hours travel)
Full day field trip available
Ecosystem Approach project & Stakeholder dialogue
Water catchment management and drainage boards
Management of shared resources (agriculture, recreation, protection, flood control)
For more info: http://www.catchmentfutures.org.uk/
http://www.somerset.gov.uk/somerset/ete/pcp//
 
 
Westonbirt Arboretum (1 hours travel)
Full day field trip available
Forestry management and role of public agency re: education and social inclusion
Sustainability, climate change
For more info see: http://www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt
 
 
Swindon, Great Western Community Forest (1 hours travel)
Full day field trip available
Community Forest initiative within urban areas of England
Sustainable expansion of urban area
Green infrastructure concept (link to Ecosystem Approach)
Land use planning system and Community involvement
For more info see: http://www.forestweb.org.uk/
 
 
Cotswold Canal regeneration and heritage training
(1 hours travel)
Full day field trip available
Restoration of heritage and link to economic regeneration
Heritage skills needs and training
Community involvement and capacity building
Waterways as tourism and recreation
For more info see: http://www.cotswoldsheritageacademy.org.uk/
http://www.woodchestermansion.org.uk/index.php
http://www.cotswoldcanalsproject.org/default.asp?pid=2
 
 
Severn Estuary and Barrage development (1.5 hours travel)
Full day field trip available
Economic development and ‘green’ energy investment
Environmental and habitat change and impact on landscape
Loss of fishing rights and local ‘heritage’
For more info see: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/press/news2007/250907.htm
http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/regions/southwest/severn-barrage.htm
 
 
Organic Farming (1 hours travel to site)
Full day field trip available
 
Growth of organic farming in developed world
Land management and local food issues
For more info see: http://www.farmtrails.org.uk/
 
 
Local community development (1 hours travel to site)
Full day field trip available
 
Issues of community local development and services
Service provision by volunteers, development of social capital
For more see: http://www.grcc.org.uk/
 
 
New Forest National Park (Over 2 hours travel to site)
Full day field trip available
 
Recent national park & Heritage and tourism
Complex ancient collective management system
For more info see: http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/
http://www.new-forest-national-park.com/
 
 
Inland Fishing Management – Wye and Usk (2 hours travel to site)
Full day field trip available
 
Fishing rights and incorporation of tourism and other property rights
Multi-functional management of a complex ‘common’
For more info see: http://www.wyeuskfoundation.org/
 
 
New and Knowledge Commons (1 hours travel to site)
Full day field trip available
 
Digital commons technology to archive and access
Intellectual property rights issues
For more info see: Precise details yet to be confirmed