Through a Rural Lens UK Rural Development and Networking Conference 2017
In the UK, four Network Support Units (NSUs) operate to enhance the implementation of the Rural Development Programme in each of the regions of Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.
A regular exchange of information and co-ordination among each of the regional Networks is in place to ensure consistency, create synergies and avoid duplication.
It is planned that each Network, over the course of the Programme period, will host 1 UK wide Rural Development & Networking Conference. The first of these events was agreed to be hosted in Northern Ireland with the Northern Ireland NSU taking the lead.
Designed to examine and explore rural life, this 2 day conference provided an opportunity to respond to the current trends and challenges of rural areas and together create a ‘roadmap’ for the future of rural development across the UK.
It was designed to provide a framework through which delegates would be challenged to engage in discussion and contribute to a shared understanding of rural areas, and of the issues and potential opportunities for future development.
With the aim of inspiring, motivating and connecting stakeholders, the event provided a range of opportunities to share forward-looking ideas.
The event was designed to:-
- Explore the meaning of rural across the UK, looking at the key characteristics of each region
- Consider how the Rural Development Programme (RDP) is contributing to the development of rural areas across the UK identifying current priorities and examples of RDP projects in action
- Learn from examples of research about current and future trends that will influence rural life
- Summarise the current position and pose questions for the future of rural areas in order to provoke and enthuse delegates to engage in the process of vision setting
MATERIALS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD:
DAY 1: 14TH November 2017
PRESENTATIONS FOR DOWNLOAD:
• Professor Sarah Skerratt, Scotlands Rural College.
• Neil McCullough, Oxford Economics
• Professor Jeremy Phillipson, Newcastle University
DAY 2: 15TH November 2017
PROJECTS IN PRACTICE
• Harrison’s Food Shop Greyabbey
• The Railway Preservation Society in Ireland, Whitehead
• Gobbins Cliff Path, Islandmagee (onsite presentation at The Railway Preservation Society)
• Lagan Navigation Trust, Lisburn:
The Industry Barge Project (additional presentations to follow)