Building Resilience: Monitoring and adapting historic estates to climate change risk

17 November 2021, 10.00-11.30 CET
Online webinar

The consequences and scale of climate change are daunting. Historic landscapes of all types are under pressure from both hotter drier weather and more floods and storms. And extreme weather like this, changes in temperature and future water availability will begin to alter the character of parks and gardens, whose particular species are part of their appeal. The webinar seeks to exchange experiences in monitoring the impacts of climate change on historic castles, manors and estates - and to share strategies for adapting to these risks. In this, we can learn a lot from each other.

This webinar has been organised by the Province of Gelderland, Gelders Genootschap and the International National Trust Organisation in collaboration with all the Innocastle partners. The language of the webinar is English.

We look forward to exploring and discussing these topics with you. You can sign up for this conference here


Chair: dr. Elyze Storms-Smeets, Innocastle – team Gelderland

10.00 Welcome and introduction by the chair

10.10 Keynote from Jennemie Stoelhorst, director of sKBL (Foundation for Castles, Historic Country Houses and Rural Estates in the Netherland), and Jan-Hylke de Jong, owner Fenicks (digital monitoring and remote sensing of heritage). Tools for monitoring the impacts of climate change on Dutch country houses and landed estates by using modern technologies such as AI, drones and satellite date. The aim is to map the consequences of climate change for ‘green and blue’ heritage on country estates and landed estates, to collect and share knowledge about and experiences with possible measures. Smart solutions are sought in the measures that fit within the cultural-historical context. These measures can also combine insights and experiences from the past with modern possibilities and technologies. After all, even in the past, man has continuously adapted his environment to (changing) weather conditions.

10.30 Keynote from Imogen Sambrook, National Heritage & Climate Consultant at National Trust. At the National Trust we are currently managing the conservation of a designed landscape with multiple statutory designations and a wealth of natural and historic features alongside national work to lead a risk assessment, to help understand adaptation and mitigation approaches to conservation and the methodology for assessing impacts of climate change on heritage.

10.45 Panel discussion and Q&A chaired by Elyze Storms-Smeets with various stakeholders from the Netherlands and United Kingdom:

  • Eelco Schurer, estate manager of privately owned estate ‘t Medler (Gelderland)
  • Justin Scully, National Trust, General Manager of Fountains Abbey (Yorkshire)
  • Astrid Stokman, water board Rijn & IJssel (Gelderland)
  • Rob Woodside, Historic Environment Forum COP26 Task Group Chair and Estates Director at English Heritage

11.20 Conclusions

11.30 End

Queries? Or would you like to contribute to the discussion? Contact Elyze Storms-Smeets at [email protected]

Photo: Wilp de Lathmer