Social Value of the Outdoors

Social Value of the Outdoors, 11th - 12th October 2018 Tollymore Outdoor Centre, Newcastle, Northern Ireland 2018 marks the 50th year of the Outdoor Recreation Network and also of Tollymore National Outdoor Centre in Northern Ireland.

Come and join our members in October in a double birthday celebration at Tollymore amidst the beautiful Mourne Mountains, for an important conference examining the Social Value of the Outdoors. Over the past 50 years much has changed in the fabric of our society, technologically and in the way that we live and work. However, the importance of the natural environment remains unchanged and the benefits that these places bring to individuals and communities are just as important as they ever were. We know that outdoor recreation brings health, well-being, social cohesion, inclusivity and educative benefits.

Increasingly we need to demonstrate the value of these benefits in socio-economic terms to ensure that resources are provided, that access to places is protected and that opportunities are not diminished. Social Value of the Outdoors will evidence the benefits of outdoor recreation, showcase projects that have genuinely made a difference to people’s lives and examine how to effectively engage communities and workshops on social value. It will be of interest to policymakers, academics, practitioners and those involved with recreation in both green and blue outdoor environments. 

Social Value of the Outdoors will take place on 11th and 12th October 2018 at Tollymore National Outdoor Centre 30 miles south of Belfast. It will include expert presentations, themed workshops and practical site visits. This is a great opportunity to connect and network with like-minded professionals working in outdoor recreation development and management; to develop CPD learning, share experiences and build relationships.

The cost for the event will be £99 earlybird including conference, site visits and conference dinner. Tollymore National Outdoor Centre is managed by Sport Northern Ireland. Transport and accommodation are not included. Book and find out more at: www.outdoorrecreation.org.uk/events/