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:
Current Research Projects
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.
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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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.
Parks are giving many of us a place to escape our screens, desks and houses. Tom Carman reflects on the unexplored uses of parks – what might be on the the park side of the moon – and shares news of a new project that will help communities in Camden and Islington explore potential uses of their local parks.
Over the last few weeks, Kim has had their head deep in networks maps, and below reflects on the uses, and limits of such tools.
A year ago we were asked to contribute to a new book examining the crisis in – and hopes for the future of – our cities. Mark Walton reflects on how it stands up in the very different context in which it is being published.