"Well done and thank you for organising such a buzzing event on Saturday. It felt like a real step forward from previous events on this theme, with really practical, concrete suggestions being put forwards, and I look forwards to seeing some of them develop." Rebecca Laughton
To compliment the land rights drama and storytelling event known as 3 acres and a cow LandBase organised a skillshare during the day around the theme of land access. We invited a number of organisations and land trusts to the event to lead participatory workshops on various themes associated with issues around land access in the UK.
Opening talk by LandBase co-founder, Dan Powell at Monkton Wyld Court's Pine Hall.
There were around 45 attendees from all round the country. Landowners, aspiring land carers/managers and those who were already well on the path of making a life and living on the land.
Dan Powell started the day off with a whistle stop tour of the history of land access in the UK. He discussed how we’ve got to the present day situation of a small element of the population owning and working the land who are gradually getting older. Less and less people can “get into” land working due to the barriers that exist – not least the spiralling cost of land and the low prices that products from the land attract.
We then explored over the day from various viewpoints how these barriers can be overcome and make land more available in new ways with new people or new entrants. For example through Community Supported Agriculture, making way for horticulture on mixed farms, developing the land trust idea to procure land were just a few of the issues discussed.
The day was rich in spirit and passion for the future and excellent feedback was received. This was helped along by a wonderful buffet lunch provided by our hosts the community at Monkton Wyld Court.
Relationships were strengthened, and a resolve was made by one group to reconvene at the Real Oxford Farming Conference in early 2018 to further explore ways in which a National Community Land Trust Network could be formed with an aim of pooling resources which could be used as bridging loans when opportunities of land procurement arise at short notice.
Interesting links were made locally with exciting plans for a new CSA in the area and also with a new community farm venture just outside Exeter on Goffins Land.
Thanks to all concerned in making the day possible. In particular Monkton Wyld for hosting, participating organisations for giving time to the day and to Nikki Pepperell of LandBase for organisation and promotion. Of course to all participants without which the event would not have happened!
LandBase aim to publish a report on the outcomes of the workshops which is currently in preparation. Once completed, the report will be sent to participants and made available through the LandBase website.
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