The focus in the other workshops is on how land can be used to satisfy human needs such as for housing, food and social space. However, what about all the other species that we share the planet with, as well as the air we breathe and the water we drink? How do we ensure that both the planet and human beings thrive?
This workshop will examine the environmental consequences of the current patterns of land use and then consider alternative ways in which we can distribute and use the land.
Alex, Past Tense
Richard, Grow Heathrow
Lynne Davies, Open Food Network
Christine, Radical Housing Network
There is a lot wrong with land use in this country but where and when have things gone well!? What can we learn from success stories?
This session will explore both urban and rural case studies including Cate Chapman (Ecological Land Coop), Peter Peacock (Community Land Scotland), Jonathan Rosenberg (Walterton and Elgin Community Homes) and Zhenya Kazlou (Ecomotive).
A session exploring the effect of privatisation and austerity on parks, recreation, community and public spaces Hosted by Kate Swade (Shared Assets) with Dave Morris (National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces).
What facts and knowledge are important to understand when starting to think about land in the UK? This session is designed for people who are relative new comers to exploring land as a common issue and will be repeated twice as we believe many of you will find this a really useful overview and introduction to the topic.
Presented by Kate Swade (Shared Assets) and Alice Martin (New Economics Foundation).
Increases in land value can be divisive as owners benefit while everyone else pays the cost.
Communities create the value of land yet do not benefit from it. In this session we will collaboratively explore three ways to address this problem by looking at Land Value Tax, ‘Planning Gain’ taxes and rethinking ownership.
Molly Scott Cato (MEP, Green Party)
Duncan McCann (nef)
Duncan Bowie (University of Westminster)
Land reform has rarely been in the political agenda in the last half century, however more people are now understanding its importance.
This session will explore key focuses for UK land reform legislation. What is realistic and what would be most important? Join land rights campaigners Marion Shoard and Andy Wightman to discuss these questions.
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)