Battleground bred the Exmoor Society

A presentation by Rachel Thomas CBE DL DSc h.c.

Part of our 2020 President’s Symposium.

Rachel Thomas has been the Chairman of the Exmoor Society since 2003 and served as President of The Devonshire Association in 2009. She joined the Countryside Commission in 1987, becoming Commissioner before its merger with the Rural Development Agency when it became the Countryside Agency, later Natural England. In her Presidential Address to the DA membership she described, “..a more integrated approach to rural development that recognises the natural capital of landscape (including natural beauty) and how this is linked to human wellbeing.

Rachel was awarded a CBE in 1997 for services to the countryside, National Parks, forestry and rural development and has for many years served as a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Devon.


The video below is hosted on YouTube. Click the play icon in the centre to watch.
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You can also read Rachel’s 2009 Presidential Address to The Devonshire Association, entitled “Widening the Horizons: the future for National Parks”, here.

List of presentations
Clare Broom DL
Prof. Ian Bateman OBE (Exeter University)Valuing Nature: unavoidable and necessary
Prof. Rosie Hails MBE (National Trust)Restoring nature for public benefit
Mel Squires MBE (NFU)South West farming’s positive role in delivering the Net Zero Solution
Rachel Thomas CBE, DL (Exmoor Society)Battleground bred the Exmoor Society
Harry Barton (Devon Wildlife Trust)Building a nature recovery network in Devon
Clare Broom DL


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