Killing the Golden Goose?
Recreation, Conservation & Over-tourism - Sustainability or Bust
3 April 2019, Forest Lodge Hotel, Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire
This 1-day conference and a further 1-day field workshop (TBA) address the hugely significant issues of sustainable management of countryside recreation and the challenges of delivering multi-functional countryside in an age of diminishing resources but increasing demand. In the face of major cuts to local authority countryside management services and the loss of skills and nationally-agreed standards, we ask who can take this forward. How can we provide an accessible countryside experience on the one hand, yet safeguard, conserve, and hopefully enhance, often-vulnerable wildlife, nature and heritage on the other? Whilst non-governmental and charitable bodies can deliver some support, there is still a cost in terms of site management, people management, and essential or desirable conservation. Free goods are not necessarily free to sustain or to enhance. Additionally, whilst many high-profile private-sector organisations (such as stately homes and gardens for example) offer wonderful countryside tourism and leisure experiences, few have trained ranger services on-hand to help manage the visitors and to avoid conservation problems.
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Forest Lodge Hotel, Church Street, Edwinstowe, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG21 9QA
Killing the Golden Goose: The economic worth of countryside visiting, outdoor leisure and sporting activities, and of wildlife watching, is now firmly established. Yet the money drawn in by tourism and recreation often does not contribute to the sustainable management of the resource. In countryside visiting, the tourism pound does not necessarily find its way back to pay the costs of effective provision. Indeed, outdoor leisure and sporting activities generate substantial revenue to the national Exchequer and carefully nurtured this can grow further.