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 Storify of the day’s events and, below, 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 in our policy forum or tweet, Facebook or email us with your ideas for this growing movement.
Andy Wightman’s keynote speech at the Shared Assets: #MakingLandWork: Policy for a 21st Century Commons event on 12th June. A Storify of the day is available here.
Working on Thames Water land at peppercorn rent, the Garden are improving the integrity of the water basin, increasing biodiversity and educating local people about waterways.
Spinning out from the local authority Woodlands Service, Chiltern Rangers now manage a portfolio of 14 woodlands as a social enterprise.
Improving the quality of the forest by providing social and health benefits to local people, Neroche Woodlander’s story demonstrates the benefits of not taking on ownership, and their vision for the future.
Leasing a site owned by the National Trust, the members of Broadclyst are growing crops, feeding local people and improving the land.
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 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.
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.