Don’t close parks – open up golf courses so people can exercise safely

Massive thanks for those who’ve signed the petition to open up golf courses so people can exercise safely.

It’s had nearly 6,500 signatures so far and there’s been loads of interest – the Sunday Times covered it, one of the govt’s scientific advisors on coronavirus has backed the idea, and even the Sun ran an editorial about opening up golf courses!

Here is a new video to help promote the petition and get people talking about the need for more green space in our cities. Check it out via Twitter here and Facebook here – please retweet and share…

Land and the Ecological Crisis

Workshop organised by the People’s Land Policy and the London Mining Network

March 28th, 12:00 – 5:00

New Economics Foundation: 10 Salamanca Pl, Lambeth, London SE1 7HB

The way we use land lies at the bottom of the ecological crisis. Human impact has now spread to all parts of the globe. We need to seriously rethink how we use land so that it contributes to the well-being of both the planet and people rather than our destruction. This conference will look at two important land use issues: mining and the loss of biodiversity.

Mining and release of fossil fuels is one of the major causes of climate change. In addition, the new green technology requires a number of minerals whose supply is limited. Mining also has a serious impact on local communities as the western countries and their corporations turn to the global South to satisfy their insatiable demand for resources and profits.

Land is primarily used to meet the needs of humans. This has meant that other species lose their habitats, with many already extinct. This process has accelerated in recent decades to the point that there is a crisis not only for other species but for ourselves. We ask the question: what role for nature? To what extent should we be reducing human impact and letting the rest of nature flourish?

Programme:

12:00 – Registration and lunch- bring food to share

12:50 – Introduction to People’s Land Policy and London Mining Network

1:00 – Mining, Land and Community- led by the London Mining Network and Coal Action Network

3:00 – Land and nature

Speakers to be confirmed.

Contact: peopleslandpolicy@gmail.com

Land rights briefing on the global south

The Land Research Action Network, Global Campaign for Agrarian Reform, Focus on the Global South, Rede Social de Justicia e Direitos Humanos and La Via Campesina have been collaborating to produce some excellent briefing papers recently. Below is the most recent, the rest can be found in the footer of this page.

https://www.landjustice.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/LandResearchActionNetwork_WEB.pdf

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!

English Land Secrecy Blog

Three stories about English land secrecy

 

Photograph by Mike Peel (www.mikepeel.net) , from Wikimedia Commons

Professor Antonia Layard’s blog post explores three stories of land secrecy in England: the land registry, beneficial ownership of land, and commercial confidentiality in affordable housing. An informative read reflecting how secrecy about land ownership and deals remain part of English land developments.

 

Also mentioned are Guy Shrubsole and Anna Powell Smith of the excellent Who Owns England blog, as well as Anna Powell-Smith’s extremely useful blog showing how you can use local land registry data to explore who owns land in your area.