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On Friday 3rd November 2023 Cornwall Community Flood Forum held their Annual Conference at the Royal Cornwall Showground near Wadebridge. The theme for this year’s conference was natural flood management and nature based solutions.

 

The event followed the following format:

Coffee and Registration
Welcome and setting the scene from Gitty Ankers, Chair of the Cornwall Community Flood Forum.
Plenary session 1: The role that land management plays in reducing flood risk. James Wimpress & Stephen Webster, Environment Agency.
Plenary session 2:  Implementing measures to reduce runoff across our land. David Thomas & Emily Webster, Riviera Produce.
Plenary session 3:  How slowing the flow of water on my farm increases biodiversity and reduces flood risk downstream. Rhys Morris, Tresemple Farm.
Plenary session 4:  Supporting resilient communities through improved land management. Dr Robin Jackson, Duchy College and Ben Gallant & Giles Rickard, Westcountry Rivers Trust.

Morning Break

Plenary session 5: Working towards enhancing coastal community resilience through Making Space for Sand. Joanne Smith and Ben Rowswell, Making Space for Sand.  
Plenary session 6:  Making Space for Sand; Community Science and Engagement through CoastSnap. Joseff Saunders, South West Coastal Monitoring.
Plenary session 7: Par Time and Tide Bell – a Community Journey. Phil Gadd, Friends of Par Beach.
Plenary session 8: Community Engagement on sea level rise through the Bude Community Jury on Climate Change. Robert Uhlig, Bude Climate Partnership.
Q&A with Morning Speakers

Lunch

Workshop 1 (face to face participants only)
Workshop 2 (face to face participants only)
Concluding Remarks from Chair