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See You At ORFC 2020!

The Oxford Real Farming Conference is an established start to the new year and this year we will be there in force with our Research Coordinator Kim Graham, our Projects Officer Ọlá Ayòrindé and our Director Mark Walton all in attendance. Below Mark looks forward to some of the highlights of a packed programme.

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Election thinking….

Mark Walton has a look through the manifestos to see what the major parties are saying about land – and reflects on the difference between the piecemeal approach to land issues in England and the more strategic approach taken in Scotland.

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CIC! Why? What??

Shared Assets is now a Community Interest Company.
Mark Walton explains why, and what’s changed …

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Making Sense of Land Use

A number of recent reports and publications look at the fundamental role of land in addressing some of the key problems of our times, from social justice to climate change and biodiversity loss. Mark Walton takes a look at what they have to say and finds a remarkable degree of consistency in their recommendations.

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Local Planning and stewardship of green spaces

The value of stewardship has been recognised for some time in the farming, land management and conservation sectors. However, in relation to the management of urban green spaces, it was forgotten and is just starting to regain ground.

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