This BBC article has some useful facts and figures from recent comprehensive national studies about how much of the country is built on.
A surprisingly low figure which could be used to challenge the idea that we don’t have enough space in this country to house everyone adequately.
If I have read the article right, it states that 80% of us live on 2% of the land and that only 20% of ‘urban’ land is actually built on!
On 21st March 2015 130 people attended a one-day conference in Totnes to explore ‘How can we grow a proper relationship between people and place?’
They made a seven minute film and conference report, which provides links to audio recordings of the presentations that were given.
The speakers (with links to videos of their talks) were:
Tal Leshem Who does the land REALLY belong to: a moral perspective
Jonty Williams Economics for taking care of the Earth
Julian Pratt Stewardship – an alternative to owning the Earth
Simon Fairlie Radical approaches to accessing land
Jyoti Fernandez Access to land –an international perspective
Toni Spencer (Part 1) Poems for and from the Devon Land Conference
Toni Spencer (Part 2)