WHO GETS TO DEFINE NATURAL BEAUTY? AND HOW DO VALUES & AESTHETICS AFFECT THE WAY WE RELATE TO AND CARE FOR THE LAND AROUND US?
2021 marks 50 years since the designation of the Wye Valley as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and 70 years since the birth of England’s Lake District and Peak District National Parks. This event will ask:
What was the perception of ‘natural beauty’ 50/70 years ago? What is the perception now? And how do our actions frame what will be ‘natural beauty’ 50/70 years in the future? As changes are made – and changes to landscape and to human behaviours must be made in this time of climate and biodiversity crises – what do we want to gain, what do we not want to lose, and who chooses?
What is Natural Beauty will bring together strands from debates about the practicalities and economics of landscape management, within the context of what is considered beautiful and draws people into Protected Landscapes. Is it time to shake up our thinking about what is beautiful?
The event is being hosted by the UK’s Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas, and is being run by the PLACE Collective with the Wye Valley AONB Partnership and the Lake District National Park Authority.
December 1st, 1-5pm online. Booking details are at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-is-natural-beauty-symposium-tickets-194455059317 more information at https://theplacecollective.org/events/