What we think

At Shared Assets we believe that our land and natural resources should work for everyone.

Land based social enterprises are pioneering the development of new models of land management that deliver shared social, economic and environmental benefits, but they face significant challenges.

We undertake research, policy and advocacy work to identify what needs to change so that common good approaches to land management can thrive.

We work on a range of policy issues that are standing in the way of common good land use.


Practitioners, landowners and policy-makers with an interest in common good land use all need knowledge and information about current best practice, existing models, and challenges. A strong evidence base is also crucial to making the case for creating a more socially, economically, and environmentally just land system. We strive to collaborate with people working on the land to research a broad range of land-related issues, and communicate our findings through publications, thought-pieces and events. You can learn more about our approach to research, and current projects, by clicking the following links, and view recent research reports below:

Research Strategy 

Research Approach

Current Research Projects

Latest research

  • Transforming Derelict Land through Community-Led Models
    Aug 2016 | Our Place Programme (Locality)

    This guide starts with an introduction to the benefits and challenges of reclaiming land, and then goes onto discuss the different models and approaches that communities could consider further when undertaking similar projects. The guide closes with a precis of two Our Place projects that demonstrate the opportunities associated with reclaiming land. Further resources
    and links to other relevant examples are provided as an Appendix.

    This guide should be of interest to both new and established community based organisations. It serves as an introduction to the subject and demonstrates how to bring communities together to take action to bring land back into productive use. The Our Place examples referred to also show how additional community benefits have been achieved as well as creating a better local
    environment for everyone.

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  • Community Ownership & Management of Parks and Green Spaces
    Oct 2016 | Commmunity Ownership and Management of Assets Programme, Locality

    This guide explores the opportunities and challenges inherent in developing community-led models of parks and green space management. It proposes some general principles that both local authorities and communities should consider further when developing proposals. It also provides examples of current practice and links to further reading on the subject

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How can we help you?

Get in touch to find out more about the bespoke research we conduct.


Common good land use

At Shared Assets, we meet and work with many inspiring land-based social and community enterprises. These models of common good land use illustrate some of the most successful examples of enterprising community-led land management in the UK. Here are some examples.

Latest news and opinion

Blog articles, news and opinion pieces from the Shared Assets team

The Park Keeper says ‘Yes!’

Parks are often seen as public open spaces; however, the Parks for Health project has found that permission to use parks and do activities in parks is a continuous subject amongst local park users. In her most recent blog for Shared Assets, Catherine Max shares how a permissive culture in parks could be attained.

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Making parks work

Mark Walton reflects on nine years of supporting public, private and community sector clients to develop new models for the management of parks and open spaces.

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Broadening our perspectives

Our current land system is rooted in – and perpetuates – inequalities and injustice, and we believe that changing that starts with us. Mark Walton sets out how our perspective at Shared Assets has changed over the years and why we’re looking to recruit two new board members with experience of marginalisation with respect to the current land system.

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