Making Land Work: Policy for a 21st Century Commons

Our first policy event, ‘Making Land Work: Policy for a 21st Century Commons’ took place on the 12th June 2015 and was a great success. Over 70 delegates came together- from funders to academics, practitioners, landowners and policymakers, to discuss how public policy can support land based social enterprise.

We covered key policy issues, outlined prior to the event in our policy blogs, including land data, the cost of land, planning policy and land sharing agreements.

We learnt a huge amount about the growing land based social enterprise and land reform movement, which we explore in our event blog here. There is also a short video with snippets of speaker’s talks.

Our policy programme has just begun, so feel free to check our policy issue videos, policy blogs, have your say by tweeting us, Facebook or email us with your ideas for this growing movement.

Tree Station

Tree Station are taking the surplus wood generated throughout Greater Manchester and making it work. Reducing carbon emissions and producing everything from the wood for John Lewis chopping boards to woodfuel,

Patrick Morello talks us through their negotiations with council commissioning, the importance of local, ethical partnerships and the benefits of accreditation.

Saffron Acres

Saffron Acres is the site of 68 new social eco-homes and a community food growing project delivering jam and preserves across the country.

Through their story, we learn the importance of business partnerships, the benefits Saffron Acres offers the City Council, and some innovative ways to create successful enterprises in deprived areas.

River Stewardship Company

Maintaing the river for riparian landowners whilst training volunteers and apprentices with practical land management skills is how the River Stewardship Company realise their vision of more engaged communities and a healthier river.

Helen Batt talks us through their focus on income generation and enterprise, how they scaled the project and their exciting business improvement district work in which 250 business are involved.


Members of OrganicLea workers’ co-op are running a thriving food growing project- with elements of recreation, education and campaigning- on ex-council land.

Brian talks us through the co-op’s relationship with the local council and how have they have developed their project, income and ideas.