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
We worked alongside CPRE, the countryside charity, the New Economics Foundation, and Who Owns England? to produce this report on the declining state of county farms – farms owned by local authorities meant to help new people into farming – in England, and suggest how they can be revitalised to increase the amount of land used for the common good, by helping deliver a diverse, thriving and ecologically abundant farming system.
We were funded by Power to Change to find out more about people in England using land for social and environmental benefits (who we call ‘common good land users’), particularly focusing on the activities of such groups, their networks, the barriers they are facing, and the support they require to succeed. From this research, we produced a detailed report giving a snapshot of the sector in 2019, and four ‘quick guides’ aimed at various audiences interested in learning more about common good land use – potential common good land users, current common good land users, landowners, and funders and policy makers.
You can see the research report here, and the ‘quick guides’ to common good land use here.
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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.
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.
Two timely and interesting reports came out this week, looking at how community organisations – particularly those that own assets – have responded to COVID-19. Kate takes a deeper dive…
Like all disasters COVID-19 has laid bare the existing social, economic and health inequalities of the societies it has swept through. Mark Walton looks at what it has revealed about who does – and doesn’t – have access to green space, and what we need to do about it.