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Conference To Explore The Landscape Of Opportunity That Is The South Pennines
Rochdale with Piethorne Reservoir
This year's Pennine Prospects conference will explore the economic, social and environmental opportunities provided by the landscape of the South Pennines. "The conference will explore how we engage with the emerging Local Enterprise Partnerships in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire and the proposal for a regional park in the South Pennines." said Pam Warhurst CBE, Chair of Pennine Prospects.

The rural regeneration company's annual conference will take place in Rochdale Town Hall between 9.30am and 3.30pm on Friday, October 11. Places are free but must be booked by Monday, October 7.

In the morning the keynote speaker, Dr Michael Schwarze-Rodrian, will highlight the lessons that can be learned from the regional park experience in Germany when he discusses the Emscher Park programme, which has seen the redevelopment of one of the most polluted and environmentally devastated areas in the world; the Ruhr district in Germany.

Speakers from Visit England and the Canal and River Trust, will focus on the opportunities around sustainable tourism and the waterways of the South Pennines.

David Hall, Regional Director Yorkshire and the Humber at Sustrans, will be the final speaker of the morning and will set the scene for the Grand Depart of the Tour to France, which passes through the South Pennines in July 2014.

Following lunch delegates will be able to participate in one of four activities. On offer there is the opportunity to take part in an interactive workshop; either making the most of cycling in the South Pennines or Voluntary action and the Watershed Landscape project; or to go on a site visit; either a tour of the Grade Listed 1 Rochdale Town Hall or to join the Environment Agency team to see the work undertaken in the centre of the town to open up the River Roch.

Participation at the conference is free but places must be booked in advance by emailing Ann Atkins at ann.atkins@pennineprospects.co.uk, telephoning 01274 433536 or completing the form available from the Pennine Prospects website at www.pennineprospects.co.uk by Monday, October 7.

The conference is supported by the Watershed Landscape project and the South Pennines LEADER programme, (the Rural Development Programme for England), which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union.

Pennine Prospects was set up in 2005 as a champion for the South Pennines. It is a unique rural regeneration company that aims to promote, protect and enhance the built, natural and cultural heritage of the South Pennines. It works with local authorities, government agencies, businesses, voluntary organisations and the local community to manage and enhance the area's heritage assets so that they contribute to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the South Pennines. Its work brings together six local authorities: Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Lancashire, Oldham & Rochdale with Natural England; major landowners such as United Utilities, Yorkshire Water and the National Trust and organisations from the private and voluntary sectors.

Conference To Explore The Landscape Of Opportunity That Is The South Pennines, 27th September 2013, 15:43 PM