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Focusing on the environment

A CONFERENCE for professionals involved in a range of areas of estate management, development, planning, building, education and investment is being held this month.

The Technical CPD Conference, entitled Capturing Environmental Value is taking place at The Great Barn in Aynho on Wednesday, 19 June. It is aimed at planners, developers, housebuilders, architects and project managers as well as private estate and woodland owners, investors and educators.

Environmental planning and forestry consultants Lockhart Garratt have organised the conference in response to the Government’s 25-year Environment Plan, the Agricultural Bill and the Environment Net Gain Consultation.

With the resulting focus on the environment being greater than ever, the event has been designed to help professionals identify what the new legislation will mean for their business in the coming years and how they can develop strategies to capitalise on opportunities and effectively deal with challenges.

Technical updates on the day will cover the topics of Arboriculture, Ecology, Forestry & Woodland Management, Landscape & Green Infrastructure and Soils & Land Restoration.

Merrick Denton-Thompson, past President of the Landscape Institute will be giving the keynote speech – The Future of the Countryside – with a focus on tying in rural land management with environmental planning. He will also discuss the Environment Land Management Scheme (ELMS), the Review of Protected Landscapes and the need for a review of the Green Belt.

Lockhart Garratt is one of England’s leading independent forestry and environmental planning consultancies and celebrated 20 years in business in 2018. The company provides expert advice relating to trees, ecology, woodland, forestry, landscape planning and design and green infrastructure from Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire bases.

“I am very much looking forward to chairing our inaugural Technical CPD Conference,” said Lockhart Garratt Chairman, John Lockhart. “There has never been a more important time to focus on the environment, and the team of specialists and technical experts we have assembled for the day are ideally placed to brief on current thinking on recent developments, answer questions and bust myths.

“Our keynote speaker Merrick Denton-Thompson will share his extensive experience in the protection and preservation of the natural and built environment and help to bring together the themes of the day. We know that the audience will benefit from what promises to be a fascinating and educational talk in the context of this time of new challenges and opportunities.”

In addition to the main agenda of the day, there will also be the opportunity for delegates to ask questions and network with fellow professionals.

Tickets to the event, which runs from 8.30am to 2pm, cost £30. Refreshments, breakfast rolls and a buffet lunch are included in the ticket price.

Anyone interested in reserving a place should contact event organiser Victoria Sherbourne on 01536 463200 or

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