Join us on Thursday 8th December at a free event exploring all of our roles in creating common good land use.
We want to see a future where land is used for the common good, and all our work is designed to promote this. We understand common good land use as land management that:
But what models of land use could deliver all these outcomes? What roles do different institutions and sectors have in creating an environment where these models can thrive? If we want to achieve better land use we need to start answering these questions now.
For the last two years we’ve been working with land-based projects and other experts to explore these questions. We’ve been talking about the future of local government, planning, access to land, skills & training, social finance, land data, and more. Indeed, many of you have been directly involved in that process. Now we want to bring everyone together to co-create a vision for the land use of the future, and to develop roadmaps for getting there.
The programme will be a mix of speakers, workshops and discussions. We want everyone to learn from a range of experts, but also to have a chance to contribute their views and experiences. Confirmed speakers so far include:
We've now confirmed almost all our guest speakers - here are their bios:
Peter Hetherington (Journalist at The Guardian and author of Whose Land is Our Land?). Peter has written about many of the issues that are important to us, from reforming agriculture, to land ownership, planning policy, the environment and local government. Peter is going to talk to us about common good land use and how we can achieve it.
Clare Horrell (Funding Enlightened Agriculture). Clare is the programme manager of Just Growth, a funding programme designed to encourage the growth of community based food and farming projects. She is going to talk about how finance needs to support common good land use.
Chris Parker (Geovation/ Ordnance Survey). Chris is the Founder and Head of Ordnance Survey’s Geovation programme, which helps people to use location information to make the world a better place. Chris is going to talk about the role of this information in enabling common good land use.
Helen Woodcock (Kindling Trust). Helen is a director of the Kindling Trust, a group working for just and ecologically sustainable society. Helen has played a major role in developing Kindling’s FarmStart project, training new fodo growers. She will talk about what skills are needed for common good land use, and how we can help society develop them.
Brian Kelly (OrganicLea). Brian is a director of OrganicLea, a workers’ cooperative growing food on London’s edge in the Lea valley. OrganicLea’s main site is on local authority land, and they have become a trusted partner for several councils. Brian will talk to us about the role local authorities can and should play in supporting common good land use.
Gillian Morgan (Sustain). Gillian is a project officer at Sustain, focusing on the role of planning in supporting community food growing. She is a planner with particular experience in the strategic planning and management of greenspace. Gillian will talk to us about the planning system and common good land use.