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Public Debate: Access vs Environment: Where do you draw the line?

07 February 2014

Chris Theobald

Public debate takes place 12 February, between 4.00pm-6.00pm in Greenbank Lecture Theatre

Pictured below L-R: Prof Lynn Anderson (State University of New York, UCLan distinguished visitor), Jamie McPhie, (Lecturer, University of Cumbria), Robin Horner (Reserve Manager for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, UK) and Kathryn Beardmore (Director of Park Services, Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority)  

Residents from across Lancashire are being asked to put their best foot forward at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and contribute their views at a forthcoming public debate.

Access vs Environment: Where do you draw the line? is a free event which takes place on 12 February 2014, between 4.00pm-6.00pm in UCLan’s Greenbank Lecture Theatre.

With five distinguished speakers from academia and ‘the front line’, the panel will present case studies of where decisions had to be made to allow or prevent access to natural countryside areas and discuss the principles underlying those decisions.

The audience will be invited to ask questions and vote on the issue. Due to be streamed live on the web, views through Twitter and an online discussion forum will also feed into the discussion.

Organiser Dr Jo Guiver from UCLan’s School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors said the event promised to be a thought-provoking and lively two hours.

“We really think this debate has the potential to capture the imagination of the general public and our distinguished panel.”

“This subject certainly raises great passions on both sides of the fence,” said Dr Guiver. “While giving people access to the countryside generally increases understanding and care of nature, free access can threaten entire ecosystems which may be damaged or totally destroyed by human activity.

“The Lakes and the Yorkshire Dales are two of most popular destinations for walkers but Lancashire too has many places of outstanding natural beauty. We really think this debate has the potential to capture the imagination of the general public and our distinguished panel, including special guest Professor Lynn Anderson from the State University of New York, are keen to hear their views.”

Chaired by UCLan’s Professor Richard Sharpley, Access v the Environment - where do you draw the line?' takes place on Wednesday, 12 February 2014, 4.00pm-6.00pm, Greenbank Lecture Theatre, Preston, PR1 2HE.

This is a free event with no need to register. If attendees require more information or access to the live stream discussion forum please contact the UCLan organisers at: outdoorsdebate@uclan.ac.uk