East Riding Tourism Conference 9th November
June Gray and Sylvia Spinks, two members of the "Walkers are Welcome" committee, attended the East Riding Conference on Tourism.
The Guest Speaker was Julia Bradbury from BBC's Countryfile and Wainwright's Walks programmes, she had inspiring words for us all.
Also speaking was Fran Hegyi the Director of City of Culture and Andrew Stokes of Visit Britain and speakers from Hull City Council and from the East Riding Council.
Julia Bradbury spoke of her own personal walking journey. From walking when a child with her father in the Peak District, where she grew up to being paid to do what she love best - walking outdoors in the Wainwright's Walks programme - Julia said, "A walk is a good way to tell the story of the local landscape". She stressed the need for more trees to be planted, saying there was only 13% forestation in the UK compared to 37% in Europe.
Julia went on to recommend community adoptions of areas to be maintained and cherished. She suggested we:
* Use our disused railway lines (as we already do in Market Weighton)
* That we make wheelchair routes for disabled access
* Hold 10-minute Plastic Bag Clean-Up Walks and
* Fundraise with summer night walks or history walks.
Andrew Stokes described their projects to fund Great Walking Tracks in the Peak Districts, a Harwich-to-Hull Coastline Walk and Englands Coastal Project - all pilots to encourage visitors to the great Northern outdoors.
While Fran Hegyi and Councillors talked of newer, better, faster and multiple-choice experiences, venues, festivals and hotels to come, Julia's main point rang out across the Conference:
"If you care about a place, then you protect it".
A positive end to a forward-looking conferenceadd your own text and edit me. It's easy.