In 2017, the CCRI announced that it will be holding a Rural Policy workshop - Growing the Future - on Thursday, 29th March, 2018 (10:00-16:00). The programme for the day can be found below.

The workshop, which is linked to Brexit,  is free to attend and includes refreshments and a Baxterstorey lunch. It seeks to build on ideas from a range of industry experts, practitioners and existing discussions to identify priorities and ways to embed them into policy thinking, and ultimately action, so that food, farming and environment policy is fit for the challenges that lie ahead in the next 70 years.

The interactive workshop will be led by the CCRI and University of Gloucestershire, with help from external speakers and a wide range of partners to assist discussions across a number of areas. Although the focus is on Gloucestershire, the workshop aims to be pulling in thoughts from further afield.

Confirmed speakers include Sue Pritchard, Director of the The Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, Professor Tim Lang from City, University of London's Centre for Food Policy and George Dunn, Chief Executive of the Tenant Farmers Association. After registration and coffee, the day will start with guest speakers outlining key issues to consider, before and open Q&A session. After lunch, attendees will be able to participate in 2 of the 5 interactive workshops:

  1. Trade issues
  2. Managing market uncertainty
  3. Food and energy futures
  4. Land, biodiversity and water management
  5. Social value and well-being

The plenary session will discuss and synthesise the key priorities emerging from the 5 workshops.

The full-day workshop will be held at the University of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus. Numbers are limited and it is necessary for delegates to register their attendance on the event webpage.

We envisage the outputs from this workshop will feed into a number of forums within and outside the county, including the recently formed RSA commission. The outcomes will be presented as a actions for both policy and organisations based on the discussion during the event.

Register for your free place now on the event webpage!

*Download the programme for the day here*

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