Wednesday, 10 October 2018 - Friday, 12 October 2018
2018 marks the 50th year of the Outdoor Recreation Network and also of Tollymore National Outdoor Centre in Northern Ireland. Come and join us in October in a double birthday celebration at Tollymore amidst the beautiful Mourne Mountains, for an important conference examining the Social Value of the Outdoors.
Over the past 50 years much has changed in the fabric of our society, technologically and in the way that we live and work. However, the importance of the natural environment remains unchanged and the benefits that these places bring to individuals and communities are just as important as they ever were. We know that outdoor recreation brings health, well-being, social cohesion, inclusivity and educative benefits. Increasingly we need to demonstrate the value of these benefits in socio-economic terms to ensure that resources are provided, that access to places is protected and that opportunities are not diminished.
Social Value of the Outdoors will evidence the benefits of outdoor recreation, showcase projects that have genuinely made a difference to people’s lives and examine how to effectively engage communities and workshops on social value. It will be of interest to policymakers, academics, practitioners and those involved with recreation in both green and blue outdoor environments.
Social Value of the Outdoors will take place on 11th and 12th October 2018 at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre 30 miles south of Belfast. It will include expert presentations, themed workshops and practical site visits.
This is a great opportunity to connect and network with like-minded professionals working in outdoor recreation development and management; to develop CPD learning, share experiences and build relationships.
Presentations delivered are available through the links in the Programme, so you can share the information with your colleagues
THURSDAY 11th October
Welcome and introductions
Chair of ORN – Terry Robinson
CEO / Chairman of Sport Northern Ireland
Keynote speaker 1
The Irish Green Exercise Network – Exciting developments and collaborative working
Dr Tadhg McIntyre (University of Limerick)
Keynote speaker 2
Dr Barbara Eigenschenk (Technical University Munich)
Questions and discussions
Jonny McBride – NM&D District Council
Engaging ethnic communities and promoting community integration – The Mosaic project.
Community engagement in rural and urban communities across Northern Ireland with green space. Stephen Duggan, Woodland Trust
Plenary session – Questions
Workshop session 1
Health and well-being
Speaker –Sarah MacBride-Stewart
Health and Well-being in National Parks
Speaker – Andy Robinson CEO of the Institute for Outdoor Learning.
Discussion / questions
Coffee / tea break
Workshop session 2
Dr Mark Atkinson
Discussion / questions
Conference close – forest walks
After dinner presentation – Upland Meanderings – Frank Nugent
FRIDAY 12th October
Registration at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre with coffee/tea
Depart for site visits
Land based community trails and developments in Castlewellan area.
How community trails have energised a community. The site visit will also go to look at the development of walking and cycling Castlewellan Forest park and how the creation of a pump track has engaged local young people.
Engaging communities through volunteering.
A site visit in conjunction with the Mourne Heritage Trust to Silent Valley and to other areas of the Mournes to see their work with people with disabilities and mental health issues through volunteering
Return to Tollymore for lunch