In this session we bring together some of the most influential “land shapers” in the country, to debate and discuss their priorities for the long-term stewardship of their estates, and by extension the major landscapes of the UK. What is the future of the land economy? How do we reconcile the pressing demand for agricultural products with the wider range of “life support” functions that landscapes might provide our communities and businesses? Is the future driven by grants, or markets? How can we shape these to match society’s needs? And who and where are the people who will manage the land to deliver all of this?
Chair: Tom Curtis (3 Keel)
Dame Helen Ghosh (National Trust)
Alastair Martin (Duchy of Cornwall)
Helen Woolley (Country Land and Business Association)
John Varley (Clinton Devon Estates)