Thinking Bigger – working together for nature

04 February 2020

Ordnance Survey headquarters, Explorer House, Adanac Drive, Southampton, SO16 0AS


Green Halo Conference 2020

09.30 – 14.00, Tuesday 4 February


  • To take a wider view of nature across the Green Halo, looking beyond administrative boundaries and promote a more coherent and integrated approach to managing the environment and our natural capital; and
  • To review actions and activities over the past year, with a focus on our four Green Halo themes
    • Enhancing the natural environment
    • Supporting the local economy
    • Improving health and wellbeing
    • Encouraging sustainable living.

10.00  Welcome

Alison Barnes: Chief Executive, New Forest National Park Authority and Convener of the Green Halo Partnership

“Review of Green Halo Partnership and introducing the theme of the event – Thinking Bigger: working together for nature.”

10.15 Keynote speaker

Dan Raven-Ellison: Guerrilla Geographer, National Park City campaigner

London National Park City – A case study in collaboration”

10.30 – 11.00 An integrated approach for our area

Short presentations and panellist discussion

“Thinking Bigger: how do we transform access to nature’s benefits in urban and rural environments?”

  • Stuart Baker – Assistant Director Strategy and Programme Development at Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Assistant Director at Maritime UK Solent, and Chair of Maritime UK Regional Council
  • Mark Axford – Planning Policy Manager, BCP Council
  • Claire Upton-Brown – Chief Planning Officer, New Forest District Council
  • Graham Horton – Manager (covering freshwater, coastal and marine work) in Natural England’s Thames Solent team.

11.00 – 11.15 Group photo & coffee

11.20 – 11.35 Perspective from the next generation

  • Tanya Bellows, BSc Environmental Sciences student at Bournemouth University, and helping with the Green Halo Partnership.
  • Collette Raine, Architectural Assistant with PAD Studio, and trustee of the SPUD Works charity.

11.45 – 12.25 Breakout session

Opportunity to discuss the broad issues raised by our presentations and discussion around:

  • how do we scale up our ambition for Thinking Bigger?
  • who should be working together and where?
  • what are our priorities for Thinking Bigger?

 12.30 – 12.50 Feedback from breakout session

12.50  Closing remarks Alison Barnes

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch, networking & depart

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