Lake District National Park    Royal Geographical Society

Soil Association


Climate change in the National Park

A public debate on May 25th Kendal Town Hall 7pm


Land managers, farmers, geographers, NGO’s, schools, local government and citizens


Climate change is no longer an academic matter purely of interest to scientists. It is something that is now evident, and is already having a profound effect on our doorstep. The impact it is having on places very close to home is already apparent, the floods that hit Carlisle, the flooding that swept through Lakeland eighteen months ago, and the devastation that caused tragedy in Workington. Landscapes and communities in the Lake District are particularly sensitive to the affects of the extreme weather that is predicted to happen with increasing frequency.

In a special event organised by the Royal Geographic Society, The Lake District National Park Authority, and the Soil Association a panel of leading experts will come together with the local community to examine the reality of climate change. The Lake District National Park Chief Executive Richard Leafe will chair the evening and conduct the question and answer session. This event gives the public a chance to raise their concerns and questions with an informed team of experts. We need to hear exactly what you think about the climate change issues, and make contributions to the debate.

Guest speakers are Tim O’Riordan OBE, professor of environmental sciences who will cover geography and land management; Lord Melchett, Policy director of The Soil Association will look at the local food economy and farming systems; and Lord Selbourne, from the Foundation for Science and Technology will look at Government scientific research, and former RGS President. Key topics up for discussion will include the impacts of flooding, the importance of appropriate farming and land management systems, the role of Government and a carbon budget for the Lake District.

It is four years since the RGS last hosted an event on climate change. We now need to come up with workable solutions. To utilise the landscape to capture carbon, to explore ways of rewarding farming enterprises to capture carbon, to influence institutional caterers, and to examine life style. This is a community effort and your attendance is vital.

The three-hour Carbon Event is expected to attract a large audience. £5 fee will be payable on the door, and will include refreshments. More details about climate change and its impact on areas like the Lake District are available on and the Royal Geographical Society on  and the excellent “Soil Carbon” report from the Soil Association on


Nigel Woodhouse RGS Fellow


Kendal Town Hall, Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 4DL

Information about the event call 07733021228 or if you wish to book email

Kendal Town Hall call 01539797515