Welsh Government Designated Landscapes Review facilitation

In late 2014, Carl Sergeant, Welsh Government Minister for Natural Resources, set up an independent panel to review designated landscapes in Wales. The first stage of the review considered the purposes of the current National Park and Area of Outstanding National Beauty (AONB) designations and whether they were still fit for purpose, or whether there should be just one type of designated landscape. The second stage of the review will look at governance arrangements.

R4C was brought in to support the review, working closely with Welsh Government officers and the Panel members to design and deliver stakeholder consultation events in the 8 National Parks and AONBs in Wales. As well as supporting two days’ of evidence panels, so that the Review Panel members could hear views from a range of key organisational stakeholders, communities and the wider public.

We worked with each protected landscape to build an invitation list and administered the invitations process. The workshops followed the same process in each location, enabling Panel members to give out key information, and then taking participants through a series of exercises to give their views. Some workshops were delivered in Welsh or bilingually.

The materials from all of these sessions formed core evidence used by the Panel in coming to its conclusions for Phase 1 of the Review.

Contact Irene to find out more.

The report of the rewiew is available to download on the Welsh Government wbsite