Policy Working Group Intro

Land Justice Network: Policy Working Group (PWG)

The aim of the Policy Working Group is to help the network develop its Common Ground Statement, expanding on the overall vision as well as identifying policies that would make this vision a reality, both in the short and long-term.

A key part of our work is to consider what we would like to see in a Land Reform Act for England and Wales, learning from the Scottish experience. We would also like to work with land campaigners in Scotland in order to develop UK-wide legislation that would enable radical land reform.

As part of this process we are working on a People’s Land Policy, learning from the experience of the People’s Food Policy developed by the Land Workers Alliance and others. We are in the early stages of this work and we welcome any feed-back you may have on our work so far.

The Policy Working Group works closely with other parts of the network- education, outreach and action. All is necessary to build an effective movement for land reform.

Bristol Land Justice Network meeting: 10-12, 6th April ’19

Planning and building for a Land Justice Gathering in Bristol in autumn/winter 2019/2020.  

Unequal distribution of land in England is an underlying factor which connects many social justice struggles – for housing, food growing, creation of solidarity economies, renewable energy generation, sustainable building materials, nature and biodiversity, and ongoing domination-based international policy (i.e. neocolonialism).   


In 2016 a group of housing, growing and energy activists organised the Land for What? event in London, a 2-day series of talks and workshops exploring what land should really be used for, from very high-level policy discussion to very practical direct action.  It was exciting to see such a diverse set of activists and campaigners, who wouldn’t normally be in a room together, making a common analysis. There were also talks about recent land reform campaigns in Scotland which showed that it is possible to win so much more than we can imagine based on current politics.  Now, 3 years later, the Land Justice Network has a well-developed shared analysis of land as a social justice issue, has run ‘land for what’ events all around the country, and is building a movement for land justice.  
This is an exciting moment, and we want to build a broad-based coalition in Bristol to host the next big event this coming winter, which will: 

  • be inspiring, fun and creative 
  • share experiences from Bristol, the South West and South Wales, 
  • develop action plans based on a good understanding of how the land system affects different issues we are working on,
  • and strategyse together to build a powerful movement for land justice in the UK. 

Join us in the first steps of event planning, and bring your ideas and your questions. Hydra Books, 10am-12pm, Saturday 6th of April. Please share this invitation with anyone you think might like to be involved.

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/397551094372299/


LJN National Gathering Manchester – 23rd March 2019

Our next national meeting will run from 12 midday – 5pm, at the Niamos Centre in Hulme, Manchester. Address: Warwick St, Manchester M15 5EU.

Directions: From Manchester Piccadilly its a 30 minute walk, or you can catch the 85 or 86 bus which takes around 20 minutes.

New faces and curious humans very welcome!

Whether you’re interested in learning more about land justice issues, would like to get involved in the network long term or in our Land Camp in Hebden Bridge from 10th-13th May, or just dipping your toes in, we’d love to see you there!

Plan for the day

12.00 — Meet for pot-luck lunch

12.30 — Opening + personal intros

12.45 — Intro to the Land Camp and issues connected to it.
Discussion as a group

1.30 — // 2 sessions in parallel //
Session 1: Land for What? A participatory session of learning about and challenging the way land is owned, controlled and used in the UK and beyond.
Session 2: Land Justice Network Business Meeting

2.15 — Second lunch break 🙂

2.45 — Land Camp Planning and Plotting!

4.15 — Closing

5.00 — We’ll probably head to Kim by the Sea, just up the road, to hang out after the meeting. Everyone is welcome to join!

Food: We’ll meet at 12 to eat a lunch together before the meeting starts at 12.30. It would be beautiful if you could all bring something to share! We will have coffee/teas/milks on tap all day.

Childcare: Childcare will be available for the whole meeting from the wonderful Seedlings Childcare Co-operative.

Travel: Its also worth dropping us a line if you can offer a car share or need assistance with travel costs (we have some budget to support expenses).

It’d be massively helpful if you could quickly RSVP using the form below so we can send you the agenda ahead of time and also so we can find enough comfy chairs for you all 😉 !

Any questions email landjusticeuk@gmail.com

Look forward to seeing lots of you there!


LJN National Gathering Bristol – 19th January 2019

Our next national meeting will be in Bristol on Saturday 19th January. Hello South West!

Our network meeting will run from 12-5pm, at St Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Road, Bristol BS2 9TJ.

This will be a really important meeting for our actions in Spring and Summer 2019. If you’d like to get involved in LJN work over the next few months, we’d love to see you there.

Childcare: We have childcare available for the main part of the meeting from 12.30-4.30. Please do get in touch if you have any questions.

Food: We’re having a pot-luck lunch at 12 before the meeting starts at 12.30. It would be beautiful if you could all bring something to share! We will have coffee/teas/milks on tap all day.

Any questions email landjusticeuk@gmail.com

Look forward to seeing lots of you there!

Report from our national gathering

On Sunday 11th November 2018 we held our national gathering at Friends of the Earth’s offices in London.

We had a beautiful group network members gathered, including a v. dedicated contingent who made the pilgrimage (by minibus) all the way down from the Reclaim the Power gathering in Sheffield, and it was the first LJN gathering for eight wonderful people – welcome!

Our 30 second intros which kicked off the meeting were a challenge, but we got some major updates– David is a cat person, Maddy likes good books and bad jokes, Tom feels it’s important to wave the flag for the flageolet bean. Good.

But it was four-year old Luca who really hit the nail on the head and got us off to the best start with his call to action. We need to ‘take back the land!’ he said, ‘and there’s a lot to do, so we better get on with it.’

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LJN National Gathering, Sunday 11th November – London

The next national gathering will take place on the 11th November at Friends of the Earth’s Offices in London from 12-5pm with option pub visit afterwards for the freelancers among us…

The meeting will be a chance for new and old members to meet, discuss, and make plans for the coming months of land justice action! If you’d like to get involved in LJN work over the next few months, we’d love to see you there.

It’d be massively helpful if you could quickly RSVP using the form below so we can send you the agenda ahead of time. And also so we can find enough comfy chairs for you all 😉 !

 

National Gathering in Sheffield and Peak District walk – 18/19th August 2018

National gathering

Come to Land Justice Network’s next national gathering to find out what the we’ve all been up to and plot fresh action together!

It will take place on Saturday 18th August at Heeley City Farm, Richards Road, Sheffield, S2 3DT.

We’ll meet up 12 noon for a shared pot luck (bring a dish if you can) and we’ll start the meeting around 12.30, finishing 5pm with optional social time at a nearby pub afterwards. The venue is fully accessible for wheelchairs.

The gathering will include a visit to REACH Homes a project based at the farm which has designed genuinely affordable homes for £35k.

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Peak District walk

On Sunday 19th all are welcome to join us for a walk in the Peak District – we are hoping to meet some of those affected by the recent fires on Saddleworth Moor, connected to the mismanagement of moors for grouse shooting.

We are also inviting along Hebden Bridge residents who were badly affected by the flooding a few years back… also connecting to mismanagement of land for grouse.

If you are interested in coming for both days and need to sort somewhere to stay overnight on Saturday night, please drop us an email at landjusticeuk@gmail.com as we may be able to help.

Please also get in touch if you are able to offer a lift and/or particularly need support with travel costs or a creche for your child on the Saturday.

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Hello from our new network coordinator

Hello everyone,

My name is Kate and I am very excited to be on board as the new LJN network co-ordinator – thank you so much for collectively offering me this position. I’m really looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible over the next few months whether at the Sheffield meeting on the 18th August or the next gathering (tbd).

My background is in anthropology, activism and environmental youth work, and I am also a singer and musician. I have been involved in land and privatisation related struggles for the last six years as part of Occupy Parliament Square, Reclaim the Power, the Divestment and anti TTIP movements, with my local labour party and as a researcher with The Gaia Foundation.

Over the last three years, I have been managing a youth charity and been really inspired by young people’s engagement with new forms of community, and ways of using land. It has confirmed to me how captivating land justice can be, and how fantastic it is that this movement is emerging. I currently live in a farmhouse in south Norfolk with a community other artists and activists, if anyone ever finds themselves out east needing a place to stay…

As I am new to the Land Justice Network, I know I have lots of learning to do and a world to get acquainted with. Over the next two months I would like to offer my facilitation and support to everyone in whatever ways are needed so if there is anything I can assist with, please don’t hesitate to send me an email.

I’m so inspired by what the LJN has achieved so far, by the emerging outreach work, and by the ways you are collectively bringing land into public discourse. I’m honoured to be supporting of all this work over the next few months and I’m looking forward to what’s to come. Thank you for inviting me in!