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What is Natural Beauty?

Who gets to define beauty and how does this impact the way we care for the land around us? A symposium by the UK’s Centre for National Parks and Protected Areas.

01 Dec 2021 - 01 Dec 2021

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Event Overview

Who gets to define beauty and how does this impact the way we care for the land around us? 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.

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 the 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?

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