Outdoor Recreation Network – Social Value of the Outdoors

Start Date

11th October, 2018

End Date

12th October, 2018



Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Bryansford



Summary Description

2018 marks the 50th year of the Outdoor Recreation Network and also of Tollymore National Outdoor Centre in Northern Ireland. Come and join in a double birthday celebration at Tollymore amidst the beautiful Mourne Mountains, for an important conference examining the Social Value of the Outdoors.



Course Description

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.

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 £130 including conference, site visits and conference dinner.


Course Content

The full programme of keynote speakers, speakers, workshops and site visits is available via:

Outdoor Recreation Network


Why Attend?

The conference will be of interest to policymakers, academics, practitioners and those involved with recreation in both green and blue outdoor environments.

  • Gain insight into international, national and local initiatives
  • Undertake site visits to showcase outdoor recreation projects
  • Develop CDP learning
  • Excellent networking opportunities

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