Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Newton Rigg Will Again Host Uplands Conference

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Newton Rigg Will Again Host Uplands Conference

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Byline: EVENT ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk

SPEAKERS representing virtually every organisation with an interest in the UK's uplands will join forces for a three-day conference aimed at driving forward collaborative working and greater understanding of this element of the countryside.

The second uplands conference to be organised by Newton Rigg College will take place on May 12, 13 and 14 and will be based on the theme of uplands land use and multi-functionality - theory, practice, and synergy. A wide range of associated sectors and interests will be represented, including farming, forestry, tourism, game-keeping, wildlife and conservation.

The event will also see the Penrithbased hosts, now part of the Askham Bryan College network, outline new opportunities for young people through upland-specific higher apprenticeship programmes.

These will be aimed at those who are already working in the farming industry, perhaps at a lower or junior management level, helping them gain the extra skills and knowledge they need to move up the career ladder.

Newton Rigg currently caters for around 800 students on further and higher education courses, as well as a range of apprenticeships It includes the National Centre for the Uplands, established in 2011 to lead training, research and dialogue in hill farming and land management.

Wes Johnson, campus principal for Cumbria and the North East, said: "Our aim is to build on the success of last year's event in providing a conducive space for dialogue for all stakeholders with an interest in the unique uplands of the UK.

"The National Centre for the Uplands provides a specific focus on skills, education and demonstration, blending our educational expertise with a unique set of resources, including our own grouse moor and hill farm in the Lake District. …

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