Symonds & Sampson were delighted to join Porter Dodson, Old Mill and Handelsbanken in hosting a breakfast for members of the Country Landowners’ Association at Melplash Show near Bridport at the end of August.
Guests were welcomed by Regional Director of the CLA, John Mortimer who outlined the role played by the organisation on both local and national level. He particularly referenced ongoing participation in government policy for protection of the Countryside, and discussions relating to Brexit negotiations. On a local level, the CLA have been very much involved in debate over sustainable energy projects in Poole Harbour, and the ongoing petition to convert Dorset’s current AONB status to a National Park.
The main speaker of the morning was Dr Sam Rose of the Jurassic Coast Trust, who gave a most enlightening talk into the work of the Trust, how is was established, and reiterating just how special our local coastline – the only natural world heritage site in England and one of just 60 geological sites in the world. Sam explained the work of the Jurassic Coast Trust in conjunction with developers, Local Authorities, Land owners seeks to preserve the coastline, and went on to describe the many ways in which the JCT works with partners to engage, educate and sustain opportunities and enjoyment for all.
In closing, Symonds & Sampson’s Patrick Woodford recounted his involvement in the original forums and campaign to UNESCO for the original recognition of the Jurassic Coast, particularly in the code of conduct for fossil collecting, during his time as Agent with the National Trust based at the Golden Cap Estate.