Symposium of the Forth Naturalist and Historian: 2012

The 38th Annual Man and the Landscape Conference

Saturday 17th November

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"How green is my Valley":
Environmental Health in the Forth Valley





Environmental health can mean many things. For this year's symposium we see it in two ways. First, the environment needs to be in good health, physically. The history and practice of environmental management is often seen in doom-laden context of impending ecological crisis. We forget that there have been and are plenty of ways in which individuals and institutions have desired to maintain and improve our region. This work goes on unnoticed by most. We want to celebrate these activities.  Second, the environment gives us good health. Access to and enjoyment of the countryside gives us innumerable physical and mental benefits. We want to see how our landscape has, over centuries, been given back to us.  

This symposium will focus on ‘good news’ stories that have made, or hope to make a beneficial difference to the Forth Valley and its environs. Some contributions will take us back several hundred years into the past but which still affect our lives today. Others will reflect on what improvement means or has meant in the past. We’ll look to present-day initiatives and wonder what ‘oak trees’ will grow from seemingly ‘little acorns’. And we’ll explore how we might each make a difference.




9.30 Registration (tea & coffee available)

Dr. Richard Tipping


10.00 - 10.10

Richard Tipping (University of Stirling, Deputy Chair FNH)

Welcome and Introduction

10.15 - 10.40

Stephen Digney

The King's Knot: pleasure for some in the Middle Ages


John G Harrison (Stirling Local History Society)

Moss to Monoculture - triumph or tragedy?

Coffee break     11.15-11.35

11.35 -12.00

Chris Smout (St. Andrews University)

The rise and decline of serious water pollution in the Forth

12.05 - 12.30


The Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park: Ten Years On


FNH Journal Volume 35 launch (Neville Dix, Editor)



                                   Lunch 12.45 - 14.00



Chair: John G. Harrison


Nathan Critchlow-Watton (SEPA)

What will the next generation inherit? Legacies and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency


Zoe Kemp (Scottish Natural Heritage)

Conflicts to consensus - involving communities in land management decisions in Stirling


Roger Crofts

Going Forth to the Future

15.30-16.00        Final Discussion

(Dr. Richard Tipping, Deputy Chair FNH)





Anyone interested in the theme of the day is welcome to attend.


Conference Enquiries to:

M Scott

Forth Naturalist and Historian

c/o The Library

University of Stirling. Stirling



Tel: 01786 467269



Symposium prices

All Day: £ 15 / £7.50*
AM or PM only £ 7.50 / £3.75*

(members discount)

Lunch: £ 9.80
(lunch must be booked before 1st November)


*Students half-price


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