The Dedham Vale & Stour Valley Forum 2022

Climate Change: What might it mean for the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley?

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The Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Forum is an annual event where anyone with an interest and passion for conserving and enhancing the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty & Stour Valley can come together to discuss a range of issues affecting the area.

The 2022 Dedham Vale and Stour Valley Forum will take place on Tuesday 14th June from 5:45 – 7:30pm.

Our theme for 2022 is: Climate Change: What might it mean for the Dedham Vale and Stour Valley?

The event will once again be held virtually online, but in the days following the Forum there will be additional in-person site visits events for anyone who is interested in seeing work out in the field.

The main Forum event is free to attend and will take place on Microsoft Teams. You can register online and joining details will be sent on acceptance of booking. You do not need to print out your ‘ticket’ as your booking will automatically be recorded.

Programme of events

5:45pm  – Virtual doors open


6:00pm – Welcome and opening remarks

Cllr Nigel Chapman, Chairman of AONB and Stour Valley Partnership


6:05pm – The View from the Field

A representative from agriculture gives a perspective on farming and the environment


6:20pm – Personal Carbon footprints, 30 for 30 and Carbon Capture

Jules Pretty, Professor of Environment and Society, Director, Centre for Public and Policy Engagement, University of Essex


6:55pm – Introduction to Break out sessions

Cllr Nigel Chapman, Chairman of AONB and Stour Valley Partnership


7:00pm – Breakout Sessions (Attendees may choose one to attend)

  1. Farming in Protected Landscapes programme and Climate Change
  2. Link between climate crisis and wildlife loss
  3. AONB Actions, individual pledges and possible support


7:15pm – Welcome back and Feedback from Breakout Sessions

Cllr Nigel Chapman, Chairman of AONB and Stour Valley Partnership


7:20pm – Participants views and comments

Comments, questions and thoughts from delegates


7:28pm – Reflections and close

Cllr Nigel Chapman, Chairman of AONB and Stour Valley Partnership


7:30pm – Close

In-Person Site Visits

If you wish to attend multiple site visits you will need to make a separate booking for each site visit you wish to attend. Full details will be made available once booking made. All site visits will involve walking over rough ground and suitable clothing and footwear should be worn.

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Landscape Lens Site Visit

Wednesday 22nd June 2022 – 10:00am-12:30pm

Meeting point: East Bergholt

Hear about the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported Landscape Lens project – connecting people to landscapes across the AONB.

Nature Recovery Site Visit

Thursday 30th June 2022 – 2:00-5:00pm

Meeting point: Chelsworth

Visit to a nature recovery project to see how projects contribute to addressing climate change can also aid nature.

Farmland

Farming in Protected Landscapes Site Visit

Date & time – tbc

Meeting point: tbc

Farm Visit to find out about projects funded through the Farming in Protected Landscapes Programme and how they can contribute positively to addressing the challenges of climate change.