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 all need knowledge and information about current best practice and existing models and challenges. A strong evidence base will also be crucial to make the case for systemic change.
Our research spans a broad range of land-based issues, and is communicated through our publications, thought-pieces and events. We bring together our knowledge of innovative approaches to practice on the ground, with the latest research and policy recommendations where necessary. Previous research partners have included the Forestry Commission, the National Trust and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
This report outlines how the planning system could support land-based social enterprises to use land for the common good.
Planning should support land-based enterprises to contribute towards sustainable development. These organisations can create jobs, produce the things people need, and improve landscapes and natural capital. Currently, there are not enough ways that the planning system and common good land users in the UK can achieve this. This report is an attempt to show how this can change. [Read the full report here]
This report addresses the opportunity of having land-based social enterprises deliver, host and facilitate training schemes as a core part of their business model.
Good, accessible and comprehensive training is crucial to the land-based sector, where many different skills are needed. We think land-based social enterprises are extremely well placed to deliver these activities. Accordingly, we think there is a lot of scope for expanding the training they offer and the income they can generate from it. This report outlines the current training being offered in the land-based sector, and identifies barriers to developing this capacity, and possible solutions. [Read the full report 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.
In the midst of a changing Britain, we explain why we need more enterprises using land productively and sustainably, to create better, more resilient land-based economies.
We recently submitted a response to Defra’s inquiry into workforce shortages in agriculture. We argued that land-based social enterprises can play a role in training the next generation of land workers. You can read our response below, or download a pdf here.
Our Director Mark Walton supports the recent Environment Committee’s call for a greater Government commitment to forestry, and points to the Making Local Woods Work programme as a demonstration of how woods can work for everyone.