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Blessed be the Springy Turf - The Story of Commons and our Rural Roots

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Alan Baxter Ltd - The Gallery

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Exploring the value of common land for the UK and its citizens.

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Common Land, although it exists in somewhat relic form still covers extensive proportions of rural England and Wales. Tracts are larger and more numerous in the North of England and probably more varied in character in the South. This lecture will explore the extremely important place Common land occupies in the way our landscape has evolved and how our land management has developed.

The huge amount that has been lost has been sacrificed to the changes that came as agriculture intensified, the country industrialised and more people had to be fed.

Common land also survives in the heart of and throughout most of our cities. It does because of the many battles to save it by people who, 150 years ago recognised what we appear to think is our generation’s great revelation. They knew all those decades ago that people need open space, rest, refreshment and exercise in the fresh air to prosper, thrive and live healthily.

The status of common land, what it is and how it works is in itself an intricate and interesting story, made more fascinating in the way it has come down the centuries.

And the unrelenting battle to keep common land from encroachment or lose it to development or agricultural intensification or industrial use has a long set of chapters peopled by determined activists from grass roots to the peerage.

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Terry Robinson is a member of ICOMOS-UK's Cultural Landscapes and Historic Gardens Committee and former Chairman of National Trust Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons Committee.

Terry was Head of People, Engagement, Outreach and Access at Natural England, Director for Sustainable Communities for the Countryside Agency and then Natural England, running a geographically dispersed project to demonstrate the value of a high quality green environment in urban locations.

The work demonstrated the contribution of landscape and heritage to environmental quality and delivered the Village and Town Design Programme, the Community Renewables Initiative and a new concept in contemporary vernacular design.

On climate change he said: “If people take global warming seriously it is a double edged sword. If you move to … stop eating meat then we will lose the commons because the farmers’ cattle won’t be there.”

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