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Building on our food security - 2022 report
Authors: CPRE The countryside charity, Jul 20, 2022
  • We call for land strategy and new planning rules to guard food security, CPRE (Jul 20, 2022) — There’s been a hundred-fold increase in our best farmland lost to development in little more than a decade, new CPRE research has found. And 60% of our finest agricultural land is at risk of flooding. As a result, we’re telling government we need a land strategy and new planning rules to safeguard our food security
  • These Scottish villagers bought a nature reserve - now they are fundraising to double its size, euronews.com (Jun 10, 2022)
  • If we use this website to identify our "Assets of Community Value", communities will exert more power over local land, The Alternative UK (Feb 19, 2022)
  • How community ownership can secure the UK’s food security through buying family farms, Stir to Action (Feb 03, 2022) — How a national crisis of family-owned farms presents an opportunity for a new generation of community owners

Community action projects[edit | edit source]

Community land buyouts[edit | edit source]

Communities can sometimes buy the land they live on and manage them through locally-run trusts. There are many examples of this in Scotland including Eigg, Assynt and Ulva.

Community land trust[edit | edit source]

Main article: Community land trust

A community land trust (CLT) is a nonprofit corporation that holds land on behalf of a place-based community, while serving as the long-term steward for affordable housing, community gardens, civic buildings, commercial spaces and other community assets on behalf of a community. CLTs balance the needs of individuals who want security of tenure in occupying and using land and housing, with the needs of the surrounding community, striving to secure a variety of social purposes such as maintaining the affordability of local housing, preventing the displacement of vulnerable residents, and promoting economic and racial inclusion. Across the world, there is enormous diversity among CLTs in the ways that real property is owned, used, and operated and the ways that the CLT itself is guided and governed by people living on and around a CLT’s land.

Networks[edit | edit source]

  • Land Justice UK
  • Are you working for #landjustice in the UK? Shared Assets are building a map of all the wonderful projects, organizations and campaigns out there - add yourself here! sharedassets, added 15:18, 21 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Land In Our Names, "Reconnecting Black communities with Land in Britain", aded 12:25, 18 February 2021 (UTC)

Visions[edit | edit source]

Imagining a new future for land in the UK: with land we can
Authors: Future Narratives Lab, Jul 20, 2021
  • With land we can: a new narrative for land, futurenarrativeslab.org, added 15:39, 18 August 2021 (UTC)
  • What would a "new land contract" for the UK—written from scratch with fairness in mind—actually look like? Can we do some of it straightaway? Jun 25, 2020 [1] "If we really want to prevent climate collapse, renew our society and build a successful, prosperous market economy, we will need to fix this obsolete right of extraction that is coded into the foundations of our soc…" 

Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]

How to's[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

  • chart showing how all land in the UK is allocated, and how much overseas land is used to produce food for the UK, carbonbrief.org, Jul 21, 2021, scroll down about 3/4 into the article to see the chart, added 16:54, 31 January 2022 (UTC)
  • Land ownership map, Who Owns England
  • UK Land Justice Ecosystem map, kumu.io/SharedAssets

Policies[edit | edit source]

  • People's Land Policy, Land reform from the ground up. Project to develop discussion and debate about what kind of land reform we need, learning from the experience of the People's Food Policy, added 16:57, 15 January 2021 (UTC)

Research[edit | edit source]

  • Activate! Land in the hands of communities, Hannah Gardiner, Shared Assets, Mar 2019 localtrust.org.uk

Other resources[edit | edit source]

  • Our Land, The final report of the Liverpool City Region Land Commission, cles.org.uk, added 16:36, 6 July 2021 (UTC)

News and comment[edit | edit source]

2022

A startling UK map showing how much we use land for animal agriculture - and how much solar is crowded out, Jan 24 [2] ...Community energy UK news

2021

The new enclosure: how land commissions can lead the fight against urban land-grabs, Dec 9 [3] ...Liverpool community action

Just 124 people own most of England’s deep peat – its largest carbon store, Nov 15 [4]

“With land we can” - a story that can break our passive, resigned relationship to land, from Future Narratives Lab and Shared Assets, Sep 21 [5]

2020

What would a "new land contract" for the UK—written from scratch with fairness in mind—actually look like? Can we do some of it straightaway? [6] "If we really want to prevent climate collapse, renew our society and build a successful, prosperous market economy, we will need to fix this obsolete right of extraction that is coded into the foundations of our soc…"  Jun 25

News sources

Land ownership in the United Kingdom[edit | edit source]

Land ownership in the United Kingdom is distributed in a Pareto-like distribution, with a relatively small number of organisations and estates, and to a lesser extent people, owning large amounts, whether by area or value, and much larger numbers owning small amounts or no land at all.

UK land reform[edit | edit source]

Advocates of land reform in Britain have included the 17th-century Diggers, John Stuart Mill, Alfred Russel Wallace, and Jesse Collings. Currently the Labour Land Campaign promotes the case for a land value tax, one of the results of which would be some land reform. The Green Party of England and Wales and the Scottish Green Party support land value tax. Currently aristocrats still own a third of England and Wales.

Common land[edit | edit source]

Common land is land owned by a person or collectively by a number of persons, over which other persons have certain common rights, such as to allow their livestock to graze upon it, to collect wood, or to cut turf for fuel.

A person who has a right in, or over, common land jointly with another or others is usually called a commoner. In the New Forest, the New Forest Commoner is recognised as a minority cultural identity as well as an agricultural vocation, and members of this community are referred to as Commoners.

In Great Britain, common land or former common land is usually referred to as a common; for instance, Clapham Common and Mungrisdale Common. Due to enclosure, the extent of common land is now much reduced from the millions of acres that existed until the 17th century, but a considerable amount of common land still exists, particularly in upland areas. There are over 8,000 registered commons in England alone.

See also[edit | edit source]

local information can be found, or shared, via our many UK location pages


External links[edit | edit source]

Wikipedia: Drought in the United Kingdom W, 2009 Great Britain and Ireland floods W, Affordable housing W, Affordability of housing in the United Kingdom W

References[edit | edit source]

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