The patterns of unequal access to land, housing, growing space and the great outdoors that we currently see in the UK have been shaped by historical processes of enclosure; a phenomenon which persists even to this day.
Such patterns of land inequality tend to favour an older, wealthier, white and rural demographic, leaving young, low-income and urban communities – and in particular Black people and People of Colour – significantly disadvantaged in terms of access to land and green space. We believe that land is a public good, and should serve the interests of society rather than a wealthy minority. In order to see more farms, more people working on the land, and more people having a connection to the food they eat and how it is produced, we must first address the barriers that communities face in accessing land.
We are proud to be part of Land Justice UK – a network of groups and organisations working towards a more fair and just land system. In November 2017 we took part in the Land For What? event in London, and joined organisations like Shared Assets and the New Economics Foundation to discuss what land reform might look like in the UK. As part of our advocacy work for a more just food and land-use system we campaign in areas such as planning reform, access to land for new entrants, defending county farms, and reconnecting people with the land and with food production.
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